David Einhorn

David Einhorn

Last Update: 2014-02-14

Number of Stocks: 38
Number of New Stocks: 8

Total Value: $7,294 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 15%

Countries: USA
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David Einhorn Watch

  • The David Einhorn Family Business Earning a 43% Internal Rate of Return

    Interestingly, David Einhorn has seeded a venture capital investment firm that is run by his brother and father and is focused on providing capital to Midwest companies:

    MILWAUKEE — When the hedge fund manager David Einhorn was just another investment analyst in the mid-1990s, his family gave him $500,000 to get his fund, Greenlight Capital, off the ground. Now that he is a billionaire after a career of doing battle with large corporations, he has returned the favor.  


  • Why I Did Not Follow Einhorn and Invest in Marvel Semiconductors (MRVL)

    Following David Einhorn’s addition of shares of Marvell this quarter, I decided to take a look at it, if it makes sense for me to invest in it.

    I’m a value investor and out-of-favor, contrarian plays usually attract my attention. Here is my analysis and deep dive into the analysis for MRVL.  


  • David Einhorn's Top Picks from Health Care Sector

    David Einhorn is the head of Greenlight Capital, a hedge fund. He has positioned his portfolio to benefit from a repeal of Obamacare by buying mostly health care stocks. “While the stocks are already cheap, there is the additional unpriced upside in the possibility that the election changes the political landscape, resulting in a possible modification or repeal of Obamacare,” he said in his second quarter letter.

    These are his largest new buys in the second quarter: CIGNA Corp. (CI), Coventry Health Care (CVH), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM) and WellPoint (WLP).  


  • David Einhorn Speaks at Greenlight Capital Re Investor Day [Video]

    David Einhorn speaks at Greenlight Capital Re (GLRE), where he has been director since 2004:

    The video is here:  


  • David Einhorn Ups Stake in Semiconductor Maker Marvell Technology

    David Einhorn, head of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, made another large purchase of Marvel Technology Group (MRVL), according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks. This time he upped his stake by more than 61%, buying 11,222,932 shares on July 16. The purchase brought his stake to a total of 18,372,247 shares.

    Marvell is a semiconductor manufacturer focused on Ethernet, cable and DSL-related communications devices. The company’s stock price has declined 26% over the last year and about 18% year to date.  


  • David Einhorn on Best Buy (BBY)

    Best Buy (BBY) was particularly irksome. We thought that the core debate was whether or not the company could compete with Amazon. The answer at this point is that maybe it can and maybe it can't. (Despite the consensus view, our store surveys have repeatedly shown that there is no price benefit for consumers to browse at BBY and then purchase at Amazon.) There has been some deterioration in BBY's domestic performance, which we attribute to a lack of a "must have" consumer electronics product, rather than an erosion of BBY's competitive position. While we held the shares, three unexpected problems emerged: First, BBY depleted $1.3 billion of its cash resources by paying a double-digit multiple for Carphone Warehouse's share of the Best Buy Mobile profit stream. The market promptly revalued those earnings to BBY's mid-single digit multiple. Second, in the most recent quarter, BBY's international profits collapsed. In particular, comparable sales in its Chinese business fell 28% as the Chinese economy appears to have hit a wall. Finally, the company dismissed its CEO over his personal conduct, and also removed the Chairman for failing to respond properly to the CEO's misbehavior. As a result, the company has an interim CEO and is trying to come up with a strategy. We worried that this could lead to additional business disruption so we exited with a loss.  


  • David Einhorn on Dell (DELL)

    Dell (DELL) proved to be a disappointment. We had thought that the growth in the non-PC business would be enough to offset the deterioration in the PC business. The non-PC growth was smaller than we'd hoped and the PC deterioration was worse than we'd anticipated. While DELL has a good balance sheet, it appears likely that management will try to use much of the cash to try to buy its way into better businesses. At a minimum, this will erode some of the value cushion that the cash balance creates. We exited with a loss.  


  • David Einhorn on CVH

    CVH is a regional managed care company with operations in the mid-Atlantic, Midwest and parts of the South. The company offers commercial risk-based insurance and has an expanding business in the government-sponsored Medicaid and Medicare programs. Problems with a recently-acquired three-year contract to provide managed care services to the Medicaid population in Kentucky caused the company to significantly reduce earnings guidance for 2012. This led to a large drop in the stock price. We believe the issues related to the Kentucky contract are manageable and finite, and CVH will return to breakeven or a profit on this contract in 2013 from a loss this year. Our average purchase price of $31.22 represents 8x our forecast for 2014 earnings net of $6 per share of cash and reflects our estimate of the negative impact of Obamacare. CVH closed the quarter at $31.79 per share.  


  • David Einhorn on Cigna (CI)

    CI is a managed care company with three primary divisions: Cigna HealthCare, Cigna Group Disability and Life, and Cigna International. Cigna HealthCare, which comprises about 70% of CI's profits, offers medium and large companies traditional risk-based insurance, in addition to administering plans for those that prefer to self-insure. Cigna HealthCare recently bought HealthSpring to enter the fast-growing Medicare Advantage market. Cigna Group Disability and Life is a low-growth, stable business. Cigna International, which provides insurance policies for individuals, as well as insurance and administrative services for multinational companies and governments, is growing at more than 20% per year. We believe that CI deserves a higher multiple because the plan administration business is a service business that doesn't take risk, and the other divisions do not warrant discounted values. Our purchase price of $45.42 per share valued CI at less than 8x estimated 2012 EPS and approximately 6x our forecast of post Obamacare 2014 EPS. CI shares closed the quarter at $44.00 each.  


  • David Einhorn on Marvell Technology Group (MRVL)

    Marvell Technology Group (MRVL) was the other significant loser, as its shares fell from $15.73 to $11.28 during the quarter. MRVL gave tepid guidance and Wall Street has modestly reduced its estimates of earnings per share from $1.25 to $1.15 this year and from $1.45 to $1.40 for next year. MRVL has about $4 per share in cash and now trades at roughly 5x next year's earnings net of the cash on the balance sheet. Most of the cash is excess, and the company has commenced what we hope will be an aggressive share repurchase program. We have used the reduced stock price as an opportunity to increase our stake in the company.  


  • David Einhorn Second Quarter Letter: Exit Dell, BestBuy, Buys Cigna and Coventry Health Care

    David Einhorn just released his second quarter client letter. He bought into the managed care sector, including Cigna (CI) and Coventry Health Care (CVH). He also exited from Dell (DELL) and Best Buy (BBY).

    These are some excerpts:  


  • It's David Einhorn Morning on CNBC!

    On a bevy of subjects

    - Thinks Bernanke should raise rates  


  • Valuing David Einhorn's Portfolio - The Discounted Cash Flow Model

    Discounted Cash Flow, a feature on GuruFocus’ new Valuations Tab, is a more encompassing method of valuing businesses than isolated ratios because it takes into account book value, current free cash flow, business growth rate and terminal value. The model arrives at an intrinsic value of a business that includes balance sheet value, future business earnings and earnings growth.

    Calculating the entire value of the business in this way gives a number that is comparable to the stock price. For instance, if a company has a DCF value of $10 and the stock is trading for $15, the stock is undervalued.  


  • Reuters: Einhorn Makes Another Successful Short Bet, This Time with U.S. Steel

    David Einhorn, manager of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, has made several outstanding and much-discussed short investments. One has been overlooked, according to Reuters:

    Hedge fund manager David Einhorn, best known for his prescient short bet against Lehman Brothers and recently, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, hasn't received the same attention for another notable bearish call - United States Steel.  


  • David Einhorn Ups Seagate Technologies Stake Almost 60%

    David Einhorn, founder of hedge fund Greenlight Capital, increased his holding of Seagate Tech (STX) 58.99 percent at the average price of $22.75 on June 1, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.

    Ireland-based Seagate Technologies the world’s leading provider of hard disk drives based on revenue, which Einhorn has been building a sizable position in recently. He originally bought 3,268,957 shares in the first quarter of 2011 at an average price of $14 per share. In the second quarter he added 8,236,416 shares at an average price of $16. In the third quarter he bought 2,943,600 shares at an average price of $13, and in the first quarter of 2012 he bought 89,153 shares at an average of $25. His most recent purchase on June 1 was of 8,575,900 shares and brought his holding to a total of 23,114,026 shares.  


  • David Einhorn's Comments on St. Joe

    From David Einhorn's first quarter letter:

    We have been short St. Joe (JOE) for more than half a decade. David first discussed our position at the Ira Sohn conference in 2007, and then gave a second, more detailed presentation of our updated thesis at the 2010 VIC. The presentation highlighted that a number of JOE’s real estate investments were impaired and should have been reflected as such in the company’s financial statements. JOE and the bulls disagreed. We assume that JOE’s auditors did as well, seeing as they signed off on the 2010 year-end results without requiring any impairment.  


  • David Einhorn Comments on Diamond Foods (DMND)

    From David Einhorn's first quarter 2012 letter:

    Last quarter, we noted that we had closed a brief and successful short position in Diamond Foods (DMND). Our thesis was that the company had engaged in significant accounting chicanery. When the stock fell by 66% a couple of months after the Partnerships established their position, we chose to cover and take a profit. We hadn’t changed our thinking about the accounting, but we were skeptical that anyone would do anything to actually curtail them is behavior. Imagine our surprise when DMND announced that its own audit committee had actually investigated, found the wrongdoing, restated earnings and dismissed the management. This sort of self-policing happens too infrequently and we think it deserves to be noticed and applauded.  


  • David Einhorn on Seagate Technology

    From David Einhorn's first quarter 2012 letter:

    Seagate Technology (STX) was the other significant winner during the quarter. It is STX's normal practice on earnings calls to provide financial commentary looking ahead only one quarter. However, in January, STX shared its financial outlook for all of calendar year 2012,forecasting revenues of $20 billion. The prior consensus was for less than $15 billion. A good chunk of the increased forecast comes from higher pricing enabled by the industry shortage following the floods in Thailand last year.  


  • David Einhorn on Apple Inc.

    From David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital first quarter 2012 letter:

    During the presentation at our annual Partners’ Dinner, we talked about a number of stocks that have suffered multiple compression, where businesses have performed nicely, but have not seen a corresponding uplift in their share price. Apple (AAPL) is the clearest example of this. In 2011, AAPL’s revenue grew 66% and earnings per share grew 78%. Both of these growth rates greatly exceeded market expectations and even our own expectations, which were considerably more optimistic than consensus. Nonetheless, the stock appreciated by only 25%. As a result of this mismatch, AAPL’s P/E multiple compressed by about one third.Several other names in our portfolio including General Motors (GM), Microsoft (MSFT), Delphi (DLPH) and Arkema (France: AKE) also suffered multiple compression in 2011. This trend reversed in the first quarter, with all of these companies enjoying rising share prices that reflect both current earnings performance and some P/E multiple catch-up from last year.  


  • Greenlight Capital: Q1 2012 Letter to Partners - May 30th, 2012

    Greenlight’s latest… While certainly not the first time Einhorn has dazzled me with his wit, couldn’t help but be particularly delighted by this clever poke in Buffett’s eye vis a vis gold.

    “The debate around currencies, cash, and cash equivalents continues. Over the last few years, we have come to doubt whether cash will serve as a good store of value. If you wrapped up all the $100 bills in circulation, it would form a cube about 74 feet per side. If you stacked the money seven feet high, you could store it in a warehouse roughly the size of a football field. The value of all that cash would be about a trillion dollars. In a hundred years, that money will have produced nothing. In a thousand years, it is likely that the cash will either be worthless or worth very little. It will not pay you interest or dividends and it won’t grow earnings, though you could burn it for heat. You’d have to pay someone to guard it. You could fondle the money. Alternatively, you could take every U.S. note in circulation, lay them end to end, and cover the entire 116 square miles of Omaha, Nebraska. Of course, if you managed to assemble all that money into your own private stash, the Federal Reserve could simply order more to be printed for the rest of us.”  


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