Other strong performers in the quarter included Level 3, up 27%, and CONSOL Energy (CNX
), up 25%. At Level 3, since taking over as CEO in April, Jeff Storey has implemented the necessary steps to grow top line and increase cash flow by reducing costs and focusing on higher margin enterprise customers. Brett Harvey, CEO at CONSOL indicated that management is exploring the sale of assets and could potentially split the company into various parts: natural gas, coal, and infrastructure. Even with meaningful recent stock gains, both companies remain among our most discounted names.
From Mason Hawkins
' Longleaf Partners Fund third quarter 2013 commentary