Jeff Ubben

Jeff Ubben

Last Update: 2014-10-17

Number of Stocks: 14
Number of New Stocks: 2

Total Value: $13,529 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 3%

Countries: USA
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Jeff Ubben' s Profile & Performance

Profile

JEFFREY W. UBBEN is a Founder, Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Investment Officer of ValueAct Holding LP. Prior to founding ValueAct Capital in 2000, Mr. Ubben was a Managing Partner at Blum Capital Partners (“Blum”) for more than five years. Previously, Mr. Ubben is a former chairman and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., a former director of Acxiom Corp., Catalina Marketing Corp., Gartner Group, Inc., Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., Mentor Corporation, Omnicare, Inc., Misys, plc, Per-Se Technologies, Inc., Sara Lee Corp. and several other public and private companies. In addition, Mr. Ubben serves as chairman of the national board of the Posse Foundation, is on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, and is also on the board of the American Conservatory Theater. He has a B.A. from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Web Page:https://www.valueact.com

Investing Philosophy

ValueAct Holdings LP concentrates on acquiring significant ownership stakes in a limited number of companies that it believes are fundamentally undervalued. The investment team seeks to identify companies that are out of favor, or may be undergoing significant transition. Such companies may be temporarily mispriced for a variety of reasons, including perceived unfavorable industry conditions, poor business performance, changes in management or ownership, reorganizations, or other external factors. These conditions can often result in fundamentally "good" businesses that are available at depressed valuations. The goal in each investment is to work productively with management and/or the company's board to implement a strategy or strategies that maximize returns for all shareholders.

ValueAct Capital is typically one of the largest independent shareholders at each of its core company investments and works in a constructive manner with management and/or the company's board to successfully implement strategies that generate superior returns on invested capital. The seven investment partners have extensive experience working effectively with portfolio companies as long-term large shareholders, and oftentimes as members of the companies' boards. At any given time, the portfolio consists of ten to eighteen core company investments, as well as a small "farm team" of additional investments in development.

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Now that all the investing gurus that GuruFocus covers have reported their portfolio updates for the second quarter, trends in their buying and selling become visible. The first question is, which stocks did they buy the most? A GuruFocus feature can extract the answer: the S&P 500 screener. This screener has several settings that generate different categories of companies bought by a variety of categories of gurus. Setting it to “all investors” and leaving all other categories at their default, the screener produces the most-bought companies of the S&P 500. According to the screener, they are: Apple (AAPL), Oracle (ORCL), Costco (CSCO) and Microsoft (MSFT). Read more...
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Jeff Ubben Continues Buying Shares of Allison Transmission
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Jeff Ubben Continues Buying Shares of Allison Transmission Jeff Ubben - Jeff Ubben Continues Buying Shares Of Allison Transmission
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Jeff Ubben’s Aerospace Defense Pick
The airplane industry is currently under heavy scrutiny as the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 remains unfound. Investigators continue to debate over available facts while family members continue to weep over lost relatives. Besides the human loss, question marks began to loom over Boeing 777-ER200’s flight control and navigation system. The 777 is one of the few models by Boeing which Rockwell Collins (COL) did not supply. However, rumors have that the company has demonstrated interested for supplying the plane’s new version: 777X. The recent event has given the firm a strong window of opportunity to displace Honeywell (HON). So, is Rockwell Collins fit to take on its rival and push growth forward? More...

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Two of my favorite international gurus are United States-based David Herro and Spain-based Francisco Garcia Paramés. I favor these two gurus because they specialize in value investing in international markets which are largely overlooked. David Herro is the manager of the Oakmark International Fund (OAKIX), the Oakmark International Small Cap Fund (OAKEX) and the Oakmark Global Select Fund (OAKWX). He is also the Chief Investment Officer for International Equities at Harris Associates. More...

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Can an Algorithm Beat Jeff Ubben? The Agriculture Industry and Renaissance Technologies
The starting of the planting season for soybean and corn in the Southern Hemisphere, and ending of the season for winter wheat planting in the Northern Hemisphere, offers a great opportunity for analyzing the prospects of seed and fertilizer providers. The companies that will be looked at here are Syngenta (SYT) and CF Industries (CF). An extra spice to the analysis is given by strong gurus and hedge funds with differing opinions. More...

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Aerospace, U.S. Defense Cuts and International Presence
The defense industry in the U.S. has suffered ever since the activation of the sequester. The recent government lockdown concerning budget approval represents additional bad news for the industry. Whether Rockwell Collins (COL) and L3-Communications (LLL) can curb those policies depends heavily on international diversification. But, I intend to show that there are additional characteristics that may guard performance against current U.S. legislation. More...

DEFENSE, COMMUNICATIONS, SEQUESTER, INTERNATIONAL


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What the Gurus Bought This Week
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Big-Tech and a Changing Environment
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Guru Investors’ Most-Bought Stocks of Second Quarter 2013
Now that all the investing gurus that GuruFocus covers have reported their portfolio updates for the second quarter, trends in their buying and selling become visible. The first question is, which stocks did they buy the most? A GuruFocus feature can extract the answer: the S&P 500 screener. This screener has several settings that generate different categories of companies bought by a variety of categories of gurus. Setting it to “all investors” and leaving all other categories at their default, the screener produces the most-bought companies of the S&P 500. According to the screener, they are: Apple (AAPL), Oracle (ORCL), Costco (CSCO) and Microsoft (MSFT). More...

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