Wallace Weitz

Wallace Weitz

Last Update: 11-14-2016

Number of Stocks: 69
Number of New Stocks: 3

Total Value: $2,611 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 6%

Countries: USA
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  • Wally Weitz's Value Matters for 4th Quarter

    Dear Fellow Investor:


    Last year saw plenty of action in the stock, bond and currency markets, but our guess is that 2016 will be remembered for its presidential election. It is hard to be politically neutral in discussing the election. As individuals and citizens, we have strong opinions about the new administration. We will spare you those thoughts, though, and focus on what we see as implications for investors.

      


  • Learning From the Biggest Mistakes of Institutional Investors

    Every investor makes mistakes. If someone tells you they do not, they are either lying or too inexperienced.


    Mistakes are a natural part of investing. Even Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), who is widely considered the world’s most knowledgeable investor, has made some serious errors in his career. In fact, Buffett has said acquiring Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A)(NYSE:BRK.B) was his biggest mistake, and look how that turned out.

      


  • Express Scripts to Include Harvoni in Hepatitis Cure Value Program

    As announced by Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) through PR Newswire Dec. 12, the program that targets the treatment of patients affected with the hepatitis C virus, called “Hepatitis Cure Value Program,” will be upgraded with another product in January.


    Gilead Sciences' (NASDAQ:GILD) Harvoni will be added to AbbVie's (NYSE:ABBV) Viekira Pak for the treatment of HCV patients.

      


  • Weitz Funds Analyst Corner: A Perspective on Murphy USA

    Murphy USA (NYSE:MUSA) is the largest stand-alone fuel retailer in the United States. The majority of its stores are located adjacent to a Wal-Mart, and they pursue a low-cost, high-volume model.

      


  • Weitz Funds Comments on Oracle

    Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) is the market share leader in sales of database software and is number two in enterprise software, globally. Oracle has moved aggressively to rewrite its enterprise applications, which were previously available for on premise installation, as Software as a Service (SaaS) products. The company has gained significant traction in moving customers to SaaS and we believe will gain share in the overall enterprise applications market. Oracle recently announced the availability of its Database as a Service offering, which it believes will enable customers to move their database workloads to the Oracle Cloud. We believe the company will grow as its new applications gain acceptance with its large base of customers.




  • Weitz Funds Comments on Twenty-First Century Fox

    Twenty-First Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) is a diversified media and entertainment company. Shares of Fox declined in the wake of the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings report. The good news was continued strength in distribution revenues earned by its suite of Pay-TV networks around the world as well as a resilient ad market in the U.S. Unfortunately, Fox’s international ad revenues slowed considerably due to weakness in Northern Europe and India, rising only 1% in local currency after seven straight quarters of very strong, double- digit growth. Additionally, Fox’s three major summer film releases, X-Men: Apocalypse, Ice Age: Collision Course, andIndependence Day: Resurgence, all underperformed expectations. Moreover, management de-emphasized share repurchase within their capital allocation plans, preferring to preserve flexibility to either invest in the business organically (e.g., increasing investment in original content at the National Geographic channel) or to make acquisitions. Despite a more challenging international ad market and disappointing box office results, we continue to believe the underlying business is sound.




  • Weitz Funds Comments on Mastercard

    Mastercard (NYSE:MA) operates the world’s second-largest payment network and one of the best known global brands. During the quarter, shares rose as investors applauded continued payment volume growth and a slightly improved economic global outlook. Mastercard is among the most attractive businesses we own. Its network is well entrenched within the plumbing of payment systems across the globe. The transition from cash to digital forms of payment provide growth opportunities, while the core business produces healthy doses of excess cash flow with modest reinvestment requirements.




  • Weitz Funds Comments on Express Scripts

    Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) is the largest independent pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) in the United States, helping health benefit providers improve access to (and the affordability of) prescription drugs. As the U.S. election enters its final stages, pharmaceutical manufacturers have shouldered a significant portion of the public’s frustration with the growing lack of affordability in healthcare. In recent weeks, several drug companies have attempted to shift the conversation by pointing fingers at PBMs and other “middlemen” as contributing to (as opposed to minimizing) rising prescription drug costs. Express Scripts and its peers provide a necessary and valuable service to plan sponsors, constructing custom plan designs that balance customer desires for access, cost and flexibility. Providing the absolute lowest cost for each drug utilized is not often the sponsor’s only (or even primary) goal. Additionally, competitive intensity across the industry is high, with no less than two (and in most cases three) potential PBM models to choose from for managing drug costs. We believe Express Scripts keeps a reasonable amount of the savings it generates for clients (we estimate between 10-15%) and that demand for its services will remain high as cost challenges persist. Express Scripts’ shares currently trade at a meaningful discount to our estimate of intrinsic value.




  • Weitz Funds Comments on Allergan

    Allergan (NYSE:AGN) is a global specialty pharmaceutical company focusing on the development, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of brand name, biosimilar and over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceutical products. One week after closing the sale of Actavis generics to Teva Pharmaceuticals, Allergan reported mildly disappointing top-line results for the quarter. Importantly, however, Allergan’s “core” products continue to grow nicely, with five of the company’s seven core therapeutic categories growing by double digits (in constant currency) versus the prior year. Our base case valuation of $350-360 per share does not depend on Allergan hitting CEO Brent Saunders’ goal of double- digit organic growth. However, strong, high single-digit organic sales growth appears achievable, as the company’s recently launched products continue to scale. One near-term positive of a lower share price is that Allergan’s $5 billion in share repurchases between now and year end will go further, and deployment of a portion of the company’s nearly $28 billion in cash remains a possible catalyst for the stock. The re-emergence of drug pricing as a political issue is not surprising to us as we enter the home stretch of the presidential election. We believe Secretary Clinton’s plan to control and eventually lower prescription drugs costs could negatively impact Allergan’s long-term earnings trajectory (perhaps by $2-3 per share on a base of $18), should she win the election, but with the stock at $240, we believe the risk of permanent loss is low. In short, Allergan’s risk/reward ratio (upside to base case vs. downside to low case) continues to be skewed in favor of the long-term owner.

      


  • Weitz Funds Comments on Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments (NASDAQ:TXN) is one of the largest Analog and Embedded Semiconductor manufacturers globally. Texas Instruments designs, makes and sells semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers across the world. Analog and embedded content is found in just about every electronic device made, including automobiles. Texas Instruments has continued to benefit from investor recognition of the company’s execution, disciplined capital allocation (returning all excess cash to shareowners) and the potential that the market for analog semiconductors has become slightly less cyclical as the industry has matured and consolidated.

      


  • Weitz Funds Comments on Range Resources

    Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) is an independent producer of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) based in Fort Worth, Texas, with operations in the Marcellus shale and emerging Terryville field. Range’s stock cooled some during the third quarter following a strong rebound during the first half of the year. As expected, Range completed its purchase of Memorial Resource Development during mid-September, adding another sizeable low-cost, high-return natural gas asset in northern Louisiana to its prolific Marcellus acreage position. An improved balance sheet and the opportunity to produce significant quantities of natural gas near growing demand centers at rates of return similar to the Marcellus are clear positives from the Memorial transaction. Overall, we believe the backdrop for the most efficient natural gas producers remains favorable in the intermediate term; though weather continues to pose near-term risks, given elevated gas storage levels. We believe Range shares are worth between $48-50 share.

      


  • Weitz Funds Comments on Redwood Trust

    Redwood Trust (NYSE:RWT) invests in mortgage-related and other real estate-related assets, and is engaged in residential and commercial mortgage banking activities. Redwood recently took meaningful steps to right- size its cost and business structure in light of market conditions. After a successful repositioning of the company’s mortgage-banking business and associated expense infrastructure, Redwood’s leaner and more nimble platform is well positioned to execute longer-term strategic initiatives intended to enhance growth opportunities and future earnings power. We believe Redwood Trust remains competitively advantaged as a residential mortgage credit investor and is well positioned to benefit from potential government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) reform and the eventual revitalization of private-label residential securitization. Trading under book value and generating a dividend yield of nearly 8%, the stock continues to represent a compelling investment value.

      


  • Weitz Balanced Fund 3rd Quarter Commentary

    Investment Style: Moderate Allocation

      


  • Wally Weitz Comments on National CineMedia

    National CineMedia (NASDAQ:NCMI) operates digital, in-theatre media networks selling advertising and promotions. National CineMedia’s shares posted a modestly negative return during the quarter as investors adjusted to a slightly reduced outlook from the company’s management team. Although inventory sell-through and pricing remain strong, management indicated that current quarter results were being impacted by advertisers spending more with the Summer Olympics than previously anticipated. Shares were also likely pressured, to some degree, by a slightly disappointing summer box office, with a handful of key titles underperforming expectations. We continue to believe National CineMedia’s advertising network provides significant value and opportunity for marketers looking to reach large audiences, particularly with younger demographics.

      


  • Wally Weitz Comments on Fossil Group

    Fossil Group (NASDAQ:FOSL) is the fourth-largest producer of watches and the largest licenser of watches and jewelry globally. Following a strong first quarter earnings report, Fossil reported disappointing results in the second quarter due to a tough consumer environment and weakness in the wholesale channel in North America and Europe. The main drivers of the wholesale channel weakness were weak foot traffic, inventory destocking and continued moderation at their largest licensed brand, Michael Kors. This difficult environment led management to cut guidance for the full year. The retail channel and Fossil’s owned brands continued to outperform, with Skagen growing double- digits and the Fossil brand posting growth in a difficult environment. Despite low visibility through the end of the year, we expect a rebound in 2017 led by strategic investments and a large pipeline of product introductions, including wearables launches across 10 brands. Furthermore, investments in brand building and omni-channel initiatives should also benefit 2017 results.

      


  • Wally Weitz Comments on Range Resources

    Range Resources (NYSE:RRC) is an independent producer of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) based in Fort Worth, Texas, with operations in the Marcellus shale and emerging Terryville field. Range’s stock cooled some during the third quarter following a strong rebound during the first half of the year. As expected, Range completed its purchase of Memorial Resource Development during mid-September, adding another sizeable low-cost, high-return natural gas asset in northern Louisiana to its prolific Marcellus acreage position. An improved balance sheet and the opportunity to produce significant quantities of natural gas near growing demand centers at rates of return similar to the Marcellus are clear positives from the Memorial transaction. Overall, we believe the backdrop for the most efficient natural gas producers remains favorable in the intermediate term; though weather continues to pose near-term risks, given elevated gas storage levels. We believe Range shares are worth between $48-50 share.

      


  • Wally Weitz Comments on ADT Corp

    ADT Corp (NYSE:ADT) is a provider of monitored security, interactive home and business automation, and related monitoring services in the United States and Canada. After reaching a 2016 low of $24.94, ADT shares rose on February 15, 2016, in response to the announcement that private equity firm Apollo Global Management had agreed to acquire ADT for $42 per share, a slight discount to our mid-$40s estimate of business value. Apollo plans to combine ADT with its own alarm monitoring business, Protection One. We exited our roughly two year position at the end of February for a modest gain.

      


  • Wally Weitz's Hickory Fund 3rd Quarter Commentary

    Calendar Year-to-Date Contributors

      


  • Wally Weitz Comments on Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) is a financial services company. The opening of bogus bank and credit card accounts at Wells Fargo was a serious violation of customer trust. Management’s pressure on employees to “make the numbers” and their apparent slow response to the problem once it surfaced are serious lapses of judgement and culture. Members of top management are paying a financial price, and some may lose their jobs. The bank may face additional penalties, and the reputational damage is significant. From an investment perspective, though, while the stock will probably be under a cloud for some period of time, we do not expect a permanent impairment of the company’s business value. The company’s very low- cost deposit base, ubiquitous distribution, ample capital and diverse business lines give us confidence in the durability of Wells Fargo’s franchise. The stock trades at less than 12x our earnings estimates, and we continue to own the company at quarter end.

    From Wallace Weitz (Trades, Portfolio)'s third quarter 2016 Partners III Opportunity Fund.   


  • Wally Weitz Comments on Berkshire Hathaway

    LiLAC Group (NASDAQ:LILA) is a tracking stock distributed by Liberty Global during the third calendar quarter of 2015 designed to provide an avenue to tap growth opporutnities available in Latin America and the Caribbean. In May of 2016, Liberty Global closed its acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications and attributed the operations to LiLAC Group. The consideration paid included new shares of both the Latin American and European tracking stocks. To compensate the European tracker stockholders, Liberty Global received a 67% intergroup stake in LiLAC. In an effort to remove this complexity and restore the Latin America tracker to full public ownership, Liberty Global announced on June 2 the intergroup stake would be distributed directly to shareholders. Shares were subsequently pressured, as many shareholders either sold short the new LiLAC shares before they were received or sold outright after the distribution. As the selling pressure abated, shares fell again after LiLAC missed earnings expectations in the most recent quarter.


    LiLAC Group’s shares declined after LiLAC reported third quarter results that were below Wall Street’s expectations. This was the first quarter since LiLAC closed the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Communications. Outside investors largely overestimated the newly acquired asset’s near-term contributions to the combined entity due to different accounting treatments between the two companies and a lack of general information. Missing expectations has created near-term price pressure, but we anticipate that in the coming quarters LiLAC will demonstrate the benefits they saw in this acquisition, beginning with identifying operating synergies for investors.

      


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