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Frank Sands' First Quarter Top Five

May 14, 2014 | About:
Monica Wolfe

Monica Wolfe

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Frank Sands (Trades, Portfolio) of Sands Capital Management reported his first quarter holdings today. These holdings highlighted five new buys, bringing his total to 44 stocks valued at $38.4 billion. The Sands Capital Management team is dedicated to identifying the relatively small number of truly exceptional growth businesses that they expect to own for many years.

The following five stocks are Sands’ top five holdings as of the close of the first quarter:

Visa (V)

Frank Sands' (Trades, Portfolio) largest holding is in Visa where he holds on to a total of 12,632,844 shares of the company’s stock. This position makes up for 7.1% of the guru’s total portfolio as well as 1.60% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Over the past quarter Sands upped his stake 2.07% by purchasing 256,193 shares. He bought these shares in the quarterly price range of $212.09 to $232.99, with an estimated average quarterly price of $222.30 per share. Since then the price per share has dropped roughly -5.3%.

Sands’ historical holding history:

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Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, banks and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable electronic payments.

Visa’s historical revenue and net income:

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The analysis on Visa reports that the company’s price is near a 10-year high, its Piotroski F-Score is high and the company currently holds no debt.

The Peter Lynch Chart suggests that the company is currently overvalued:

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Visa has a market cap of $132.22 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $210.42 with a P/E ratio of 24.80, a P/S ratio of 11.10 and a P/B ratio of 4.90. The company had an annual average earnings growth of 8.40% over the past five years.

Amazon (AMZN)

The guru’s second largest holding is in Amazon. Sands holds on to 6,555,089 shares of Amazon stock, representing 5.7% of his total portfolio as well as 1.43% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Over the first quarter Sands increased his holdings 1.93% by purchasing 124,229 shares of the company’s stock. He bought theses shares near the estimated average quarterly price of $371.14 per share. Since then the price per share has dropped roughly -19.8%.

Sands’ historical holdings as of the first quarter:

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Amazon serves consumers through its retail websites and focuses on selection, price, and convenience. It designs its websites to enable millions of unique products to be sold by the company and by third parties across dozens of product categories.

Amazon’s historical revenue and net income:

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Amazon has a market cap of $136.95 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $297.60 with a P/E ratio of 470.10, a P/S ratio of 1.80 and a P/B ratio of 13.30. The company had an annual average earnings growth of 5-star.

GuruFocus rated Amazon the business predictability rank of 5-star.

Baidu (BIDU)

Sands’ third largest holding is in Baidu where he holds on to 13,051,534 shares of the company’s stock. This position makes up for 5.2% of his total holdings and 3.73% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Over the past quarter the guru decreased his position -0.36% by selling 47,712 shares of the company’s stock. The guru sold these shares in the first quarter price range of $150.52 to $184.64, with an estimated average quarterly price of $167.27. Since then the price per share has decreased approximately -6.6%.

Sands’ holding history as of the close of the first quarter:

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Baidu is a Chinese language Internet search provider. It provides a platform for businesses to reach customers. The Company offers its main products and services to users through Baidu.com free of charge.

Baidu’s historical revenue and net income:

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The Peter Lynch Chart suggests that the company is currently overvalued:

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Baidu has a market cap of $54.68 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $156.17 with a P/E ratio of 32.00 and a P/S ratio of 9.60. The company had an annual average earnings growth of 107% over the past ten years.

Facebook (FB)

The guru’s fourth largest position is in Facebook where he holds on to 30,778,827 shares of the company’s stock. This position makes up for 4.8% of his total assets managed and 1.26% of the company’s shares outstanding.

The guru decreased his holdings -8.4% over the quarter, selling 2,823,935 shares of the company’s stock. He sold these in the quarterly price range of $53.53 to $72.03, with an estimated average quarterly price of $63.37 per share. Since then the price per share has dropped approximately -6.5%.

Sands’ historical holding history:

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Facebook is a social networking website which builds products that creates utility for users, developers, and advertisers. The company enables people who use Facebook to stay connected with their friends and family, to discover what is going on in the world around them.

Facebook’s historical revenue and net income:

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The analysis on Facebook reports that the company has enough cash to cover all of its debt and that its Piotroski F-Score is high, indicating a healthy situation for the company.

Facebook has a market cap of $152 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $59.23 with a P/E ratio of 78.90 and a P/S ratio of 16.90.

Priceline Group (PCLN)

Frank Sands (Trades, Portfolio)’ fifth largest holding is in Priceline Group where he maintains 1,508,687 shares of the company’s stock. This position makes up for 4.7% of his total portfolio and 2.93% of the company’s shares outstanding.

Sands decreased his holdings -6.59% over the past quarter, selling 106,408 shares of the company’s stock. He sold these shares near the estimated average quarterly price of $1233.95 per share. Since then the price per share has dropped approximately -7.2%.

Sands’ historical holding history:

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Priceline is an online travel company that offers its customers a range of travel services, including hotel rooms, car rentals, airline tickets, vacation packages, cruises and destination services.

Priceline’s historical revenue and net income:

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The analysis on Priceline reports that the company’s operating margin is expanding.

The Peter Lynch Chart suggests that the company is currently overvalued:

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Priceline has a market cap of $60.08 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $1145.81 with a P/E ratio of 31.90, a P/S ratio of 8.40 and a P/B ratio of 8.60. The company had an annual average earnings growth of 54.70% over the past ten years.

Check out Frank Sands (Trades, Portfolio)’ complete first quarter portfolio here.

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