Martin Whitman

Martin Whitman

Last Update: 09-27-2016
Related: Third Avenue Management

Number of Stocks: 36
Number of New Stocks: 3

Total Value: $1,127 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 6%

Countries: USA
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Martin Whitman' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Martin Whitman is Founder and Portfolio Manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX). Whitman is a 1949 graduate of Syracuse University, which recently renamed its School of Management after Whitman, after a large gift from him in June 2003. He is an adjunct faculty member at Yale School of Management.

Web Page:http://www.thirdavenuefunds.com/

Investing Philosophy

Whitman is a "buy and hold" value investor. He buys stock in companies when he thinks that the company has strong finances, competent management, and the business is understandable. Also the company's stock must be cheap, meaning it trades at a significant discount to intrinsic value. The market price must lie substantially below a conservative valuation of the business as a private entity, or as a takeover candidate. He generally sells an investment only when there has been a fundamental change in the business or capital structure of the company that significantly affects the investment's inherent value, or when he believes that the market value of an investment is overpriced relative to its intrinsic value

Historical Allocation of Stock, Bonds, Cash

Total Holding History

Performance of Third Avenue Value Fund

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
2015-8.371.19-9.6
20144.8813.69-8.8
201318.8432.39-13.5
3-Year Cumulative14.2 (4.5%/year)52.3 (15.1%/year)-38.1 (-10.6%/year)
201227.481611.5
2011-20.682.11-22.8
5-Year Cumulative15.5 (2.9%/year)80.4 (12.5%/year)-64.9 (-9.6%/year)
201013.8715.06-1.2
200944.5126.4618.0
2008-45.61-37-8.6
20075.765.490.3
200614.6915.79-1.1
10-Year Cumulative25.4 (2.3%/year)102 (7.3%/year)-76.6 (-5%/year)
200516.494.9111.6
200426.6210.8815.7
200310.4628.68-18.2
20027.13-22.129.2
200110.82-11.8922.7
15-Year Cumulative142.5 (6.1%/year)107.5 (5%/year)35 (1.1%/year)
20000.91-9.110.0
199910.0621.04-11.0
199816.7228.58-11.9
1997-5.0333.36-38.4
199611.0222.96-11.9
20-Year Cumulative231.4 (6.2%/year)381.4 (8.2%/year)-150 (-2%/year)
19952.3637.58-35.2
1994-3.221.32-4.5
19931.3610.08-8.7
199210.887.623.3
1991-0.2630.47-30.7
25-Year Cumulative268.1 (5.4%/year)937.3 (9.8%/year)-669.2 (-4.4%/year)

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Over the last several weeks stock price volatility has increased significantly above norms. All of a sudden it is not uncommon to see stock prices moving 5%, 10% or more in a single trading day. Interestingly, this volatility is occurring both to the upside and the downside. Common sense would suggest that the intrinsic value of a business cannot change by those orders of magnitude from one day to the next. Logic dictates that the market is either inaccurately pricing the stocks now or it was incorrectly pricing them the day before. Read more...
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Whitman Adds to 3 Positions in 3rd Quarter Guru boosts holdings in Johnson Controls, Ralph Lauren, Harman International Industries Martin Whitman - Whitman Adds To 3 Positions In 3rd Quarter
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LivallovaInvestor neglect can be a source of new ideas while also providing an element of downside protection. We found this combination to be compelling in our purchase of Livallova (NASDAQ:LIVN), which is the new name for Sorin and Cyberonics post their late-2015 merger. We think investor neglect was paramount, for Sorin, an Italian company, which merged with Cyberonics, based in Houston, changed its name and reincorporated in London. Indeed, we came across the company on a screen of our potential universe of companies, and had to do some digging into the new name we did not recognize, to realize the potential for these two well-known companies and the significant potential their merger offers.Livallova is a healthcare company with a $3 billion market capitalization that holds leading positions in cardiac surgical equipment, surgical heart valve replacement, neuromodulation and cardiac rhythm management. In its cardiac surgery division, Livallova holds number one positions in Oxygenators More...

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Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio) has based its investing on value-driven, bottom-up principles since a recognized leader in the field, Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio), founded it in 1986. The firm frequently files its quarterly portfolio update ahead of the deadline of 45 days past the end of the quarter and before many other investors. Third Avenue reported buying one new stock and buying more shares of five of its existing holdings on Thursday, the final day of the second quarter. More...

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Third Avenue Value Fund Purchases Stake in Johnson Controls Company has increased its dividends per share by 11.20% over the last 10 years Martin Whitman - Third Avenue Value Fund Purchases Stake In Johnson Controls
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