Tweedy Browne

Tweedy Browne

Last Update: 05-05-2015
Related: Tweedy Browne Global Value

Number of Stocks: 47
Number of New Stocks: 0

Total Value: $3,705 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 0%

Countries: USA
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Tweedy Browne' s Profile & Performance


Tweedy, Browne is an investment partnership owned by its four Managing Directors, William H. Browne, John D. Spears, Thomas H. Shrager, and Robert Q. Wyckoff, Jr. The operations of Tweedy, Browne are managed by its Management Committee consisting of Christopher H. Browne, William H. Browne and John D. Spears. This investment partnership has been recognized by Warren Buffett as Graham-Doddsville Superinvestors. The Firm has been in the investment business for close to 90 years. Benjamin Graham, through his investment in Graham-Newman Corp., was one of Tweedy's brokerage clients in the 1930s and 1940s.

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Investing Philosophy

The Tweedy Browne investment approach derives from the work of Benjamin Graham. Their research seeks to appraise the worth of a company, what Graham called "intrinsic value," by determining its acquisition value, or by estimating the collateral value of its assets and/or cash flow. Investments are made at a significant discount to intrinsic value, normally 40% to 50%, which Graham called an investor's "margin of safety." Investments are sold as the market price approaches intrinsic value, with the proceeds reinvested in other situations offering a greater discount to intrinsic value.

Historical Allocation of Stock, Bonds, Cash

Total Holding History

Performance of Tweedy Browne Value Fund

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
3-Year Cumulative47.3 (13.8%/year)74.6 (20.4%/year)-27.3 (-6.6%/year)
5-Year Cumulative60 (9.9%/year)105.1 (15.5%/year)-45.1 (-5.6%/year)
10-Year Cumulative77.3 (5.9%/year)109.4 (7.7%/year)-32.1 (-1.8%/year)
15-Year Cumulative132.7 (5.8%/year)86.4 (4.2%/year)46.3 (1.6%/year)
20-Year Cumulative207.8 (5.8%/year)554.6 (9.8%/year)-346.8 (-4%/year)

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Christopher Browne of Tweedy Browne: A Tribute
I wanted to devote an article to a legendary guru Christopher Browne who recently passed away. Christopher Browne passed away of a heart attack this past Sunday December 13th. Browne joined Tweedy Browne in 1969 and became a director in 1974. He remained at this position until two years ago when he stepped down due to health problems. According to the New York Times Christopher Browne helped Warren Buffett take control of Berkshire Hathaway in the 1960s. Read more...
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Tweedy, Browne Company LLC is a value-oriented money management firm that bases itself on the principles of Ben Graham. They invest outside the United States using the same strategy of buying undervalued common stocks. They also look for companies with above-average dividend yields and an established history of paying dividends. The Tweedy, Browne Global Value Fund returned 10.59% over the year ended March 31, 2011. Read more...
Tweedy Browne Annual Report
I recently posted Third Avenue's Quarterly Shareholder Letter. I thought the letter contained valuable information on value investing, and the current economic crisis. Tweedy Browne is another Value Fund which I follow closely. Many people have stated that Tweedy Browne has the closest investment style to Benjamin Graham. They are classic value investors who place a heavy emphasis on quantitative factors. Tweedy Browne runs several value mutual funds. Tweedy Browne was started in 1920 in the days of Graham. Read more...
Tweedy Browne Keeps Buying JNJ, WFC, FII, BK, MA, ANAT, Selling PM, BAX, KOF, BRK.A, UNP
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Tweedy, Browne is an investment management firm established in 1920 by Bill Tweedy. Originally serving as a broker-dealer of illiquid and closely-held securities, Tweedy’s practice entered the limelight when he met legendary investor, Benjamin Graham.

Graham, a professor at Columbia Business School, concluded that there were more rewards to be had in managing money then teaching how to do so. As such, when Graham embarked on his investment career, Tweedy’s practice fell in line with Graham’s philosophy. In fact, Graham would serve as Tweedy’s largest client, with a relationship so closely knitted, their respective practices laid side by side on 52 Wall Street.

Tweedy, Browne’s prominence would lead to future relationships with legendary investors such as Schloss and Buffett. In 1959, the original partners launched their own investment vehicle that would serve as the foundation of the modern-day Tweedy, Browne. Currently, the firm is led by a quadruplet of managing directors: William H. Browne, Thomas H. Shrager, John D. Spears and Robert Q. Wyckoff.

In terms of operations, when considering assets under management in descending value, the fund utilizes four primary funds: Global Value, Global Value II, Value Fund, and the Worldwide High Dividend Yield fund. Although there are differences in the specialty of each of the aforementioned funds, each fund seeks “long-term growth of capital” in equities that Tweedy, Browne feels is undervalued. The only differentiating factor of the dividend yield fund is that it seeks investments in companies with an established history of above-average dividends.

Inherently, the firm utilizes a value-oriented approach to their investments. This approach involves the key step of rendering an intrinsic value of an equity through due diligence. Once this valuation is established, an investment is made only if a significant margin of safety can be established.

Tweedy, Browne’s holding policy is to sell a security as it approaches its intrinsic value, in order to reinvest the capital into other opportunities. To actually render the valuation and to conduct due diligence, the balance sheet and income statements are heavily stressed. In addition, it is the firm’s philosophy not to invest more than 3-5% of each fund into a single asset, nor to limit their investments by capitalization size. Key characteristics sought are:

A. Low P/B ratio
B. Low P/E ratio
C. Above average dividend yield
D. Low P/S ratio
E. Increased insider buys
F. Prices trading far from highs
G. Low corporate leverage

In terms of performance, the value fund will be utilized as the focal point of representation of the fund due to its representative profile. For the two most recent years, the fund returned 27.60% and 10.51% respectively. Comparatively speaking, the S&P 500 returned 26.47% and 15.06% for the same period. Currently, the fund has a return of 5.18% for the year, versus the benchmark’s return of 7.82%. However, when the fund is examined in terms of its long term performance, it has outperformed the benchmark. The 10-year cumulative return of the fund is 42.7% vs. the benchmark return of 16.4%. Since the value fund’s inception in 1993, it has returned 8.74% annually vs. the benchmark’s return of 8.28%.

Looking forward, the firm acknowledges that there is a great deal of uncertainty and turmoil in the world, with conflicts and natural disasters plentiful. However, they maintain that their philosophy of investing into nations with a liberal range of economic freedom and stability serves as a margin of safety in itself. Furthermore, Tweedy, Browne feels that their portfolios are not overpriced when compared against the S&P, although they admit that they feel that overall valuations are rising. As such, they remain “cautiously optimistic” regarding moving forward.

Commentaries and Stories

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Tweedy Browne Fund First Quarter 2015 Commentary
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Tweedy Browne Sells Three Stakes, Buys Three New Ones Tweedy Browne - Tweedy Browne Sells Three Stakes, Buys Three New Ones
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Tweedy Browne Fund Q4 2014 Commentary
Global and international equity market indices (in local currency) moved higher in the 4th quarter despite increasing equity market volatility caused in part by the continued rapid decline in oil prices. With respect to relative performance comparisons, it was a difficult quarter for the Tweedy, Browne Funds largely due to their underweightings in US equities and their overweightings in energy related holdings. The absolute and relative results since inception for all of our Funds remain strong. More...

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Tweedy Browne’s Q3 2014 Commentary
Volatility returned to global equity markets near the end of the third quarter, helping to drive international and global indices off their previous highs. Largely due to declines in energy related shares, an underweighting in US-based companies, and a strengthening US dollar, all four of our Funds finished the quarter modestly in the red. The US dollar was up against most major currencies between 5% and 8% during the quarter, negatively impacting currency translated returns, particularly into our two unhedged Funds. With the exception of our Unhedged Global Value Fund’s return, which was marginally negative, our other Funds finished the year-to-date period in positive territory. While volatility is unsettling to many, it does carry with it potential opportunities to put some of our cash reserves to work. More...

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Tweedy Browne’s Second Quarter 2014 Commentary
With the VIX (proxy for market volatility) at its lowest level since 2007, it is not surprising that investors’ tolerance for risk appears to be growing, as evidenced by the continued strength in global equities and most other financial instruments. In a fascinating study conducted by John Coates, a research fellow at Cambridge, linking risk taking to physical responses to stress, it was shown that when market volatility is high, cortisol (the “stress hormone”) levels increase, causing investor appetite for risk to decline. Conversely, when levels of market volatility are low, cortisol levels remain largely unaffected, resulting in a greater willingness on the part of investors to take on risk. One could argue that the complete transparency of central bank monetary policy around the globe, particularly in the United States, has caused the release of “one of the most powerful potential brakes on excessive risk taking in stocks.”† Whether or not we have reached bubble territory is subject to debate, but investors should be cognizant that, if risk is indeed largely predicated on the price one pays for a security, it is no time for complacency. As you well know, we are not More...

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