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Three Companies Gain in Bargain Portfolio

September 26, 2013 | About:
Sally Jones

Sally Jones

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Here's an update on three of the gaining companies held in the GuruFocus Guru Bargains Model Portfolio, begun in 2006 with an investment of $100,000. As of the last rebalance, the portfolio was up 35.25% versus the S&P500 at 21.03%. The Guru Bargains Portfolio is one strategy out of 14 offered by GuruFocus.

Perrigo Company (PRGO)

Up 7% over 12 months, Perrigo Company has a market cap of $11.72 billion; its shares were traded at around $124.39 with a P/E ratio of 26.50.

Established in 1887, Perrigo Company is a healthcare supplier that develops, manufactures and distributes over-the-counter and generic prescription pharmaceuticals, nutritional products, active pharmaceutical ingredients, and pharmaceutical and medical diagnostic products. Perrigo is the world's largest manufacturer of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products for the store brand market, with primary markets and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., U.K., Israel and Mexico.

Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, nine gurus hold PRGO and there is very active insider selling.

The top Guru stakeholder, Ruane Cunniff, increased its position by 0.11%, buying 1,991 shares at an average price of $118.55 for a 4.9% gain.

In a remarkable five-year history of pure gains, the firm has gained 1091% on 1,962,600 shares bought at an average price of $59.52 per share. On shares sold, the firm also gained 35% on 340,098 shares sold at an average price of $91.86 per share.

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The company reported financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter of 2013, with net income of $118.5 million. Perrigo Company had net sales of $967.2 million for the quarter, a 16.3% increase in sales year over year. Earnings of $1.25 per diluted share are up 9.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Perrigo is working on its fifth recent acquisition, and expecting to complete an $8.6 billion merger with Elan Pharmaceuticals by the end of the calendar year.

Ross Stores Inc. (ROST)

Up 10% over 12 months, Ross Stores Inc. has a market cap of $15.5 billion; its shares were traded at around $71.51 with a P/E ratio of 18.50.

Ross Stores Inc. turned public with its IPO in August 1985. The company and its subsidiaries operate two brands of off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores. The company operates Ross Dress for Less®, the largest off-price apparel and home fashion chain in the U.S. As of May 2013, the company had 1,112 locations in 33 states, the District of Columbia and Guam.

Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, 14 gurus stakeholders own ROST and there is very active insider selling.

Pioneer Investments is the top Guru stakeholder with 3,635,884 shares or 1.66% of shares outstanding.

The firm increased its position by 13.72% in the second quarter, buying 438,631 shares at an average price of $64.05 for a gain of 11.6%.

In five-years of high gains, with no losses, the firm gained 38% on 3,618,422 shares bought at an average price of $51.89 per share. On shares sold, the firm averaged a gain of 128% on 635,688 shares sold at an average price of $31.41 per share.

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The company reported its second quarter 2013 financial results with sales of $2.55 billion compared to $2.34 billion in the same quarter a year ago, reflecting a 9% increase. Earnings per share of $2.06 were reported for the six months ended August 3, 2013, up from $1.74 for the six months ended July 28, 2012. The company is forecasting earnings per share of $3.80 to $3.87, for the 52 weeks ending February 1, 2014, up from $3.53 for the 53 weeks ended February 2, 2013.

Ross Stores Inc. reported $9.7 billion in revenue for fiscal 2012.

Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. (SBH)

Up 6% over 12 months, Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. has a market cap of $4.46 billion; its shares were traded at around $26.59 with a P/E ratio of 18.40.

Starting in 1964, Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. is a distributor of professional beauty supplies through its Sally Beauty Supply retail stores, in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Mexico, the United Kingdom and certain other countries in Europe. Additionally, the company distributes professional beauty products to salons and professional cosmetologists through its Beauty Systems Groupstore operations and a commissioned direct sales force.

Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, 11 gurus hold SBH and there is very active insider selling.

Guru Steve Mandel is the top stakeholder with 7,496,661 shares or 4.47% of shares outstanding.

He increased his position by 21.39%, buying 1,320,804 shares at an average price of $30.22 for a loss of 12%.

Mandel has held for only two quarters, and also had a loss of 2% on his new buy of 6,175,857 shares bought at an average price of $27.13 per share in the first quarter of 2013.

Ken Fisher has made a fortune on SBH over the long haul. Check out his remarkable trading history:

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Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. reported financial results for the fiscal 2013 second quarter with consolidated net sales of $898.2 million, up 1% from the same period a year ago. The company reported net earnings of $64.9 million and $0.36 for earnings per share. Sally Beauty also repurchased 7 million shares of stock at $191.4 million in the second quarter. The company's consolidated gross profit was $444.5 million, up 1.8% from the same quarter a year ago.

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Sally Jones
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