Charles Brandes

Charles Brandes

Last Update: 05-10-2017

Number of Stocks: 201
Number of New Stocks: 49

Total Value: $6,736 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 3%

Countries: USA
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Charles Brandes Watch

  • ITT Tech Shuts Its Doors Amid Investigation

    ITT Technical Institute, a subsidiary of ITT Educational Services Inc. (ESI), closed its doors Tuesday after the government banned the institution from enrolling new students receiving federal aid in August.


    The closure follows accusations by the Institute’s accreditor of mismanagement of its finances and using questionable recruiting tactics. ITT Educational Services is also under investigation by state and federal authorities. After sanctions were implemented by the government, the institution released a statement indicating the chances of staying open were bleak as the institution was not only restricted from receiving federal aid for tuition but also required to increase cash reserves from $94.4 million to $247.3 million.

      


  • Charles Brandes Continues to Invests in Pain Therapeutics

    Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio) is the chairman of Brandes Investment Partners. He started the firm in 1974. In both the first and second quarters the guru bought shares in the following stocks:


    ITT Educational Services Inc. (ESI)

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Ericsson

    The All-Cap Investment Committee initiated a position in Sweden-based Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC). The company is the global leader in wireless infrastructure, with 40% of the world’s mobile traffic running through its networks.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Fuji Media Holdings

    During the quarter, the Small-Cap Investment Committee initiated a position in Japanese Fuji Media Holdings (TSE:4676).

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Nokia

    Nokia (NYSE:NOK) has evolved quite significantly over the past few years, divesting several businesses while integrating and acquiring others in an effort to improve its scale and competitive positioning. Historically known as a mobile phone manufacturer, Nokia sold this business to Microsoft for $7.2 billion in 2013. The company also sold its HERE mapping business to a consortium of German carmakers for € 2.55 billion in 2015.


    Nokia largely retained its mobile technology patents after selling off its phone business. As a result, the company now has a patent/technology licensing business which has generated close to $1 billion/year in high-margin revenue. The company is also working to license non-essential patents.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Embraer

    For Embraer (NYSE:ERJ), which derives the majority of its sales outside Brazil, the real’s appreciation continued to present a headwind. The company has also been experiencing margin compression, mainly due to the mature state of its current product mix ahead of the launch of its second-generation models expected in 2018. We see the challenges facing Embraer as temporary in nature and we continue to believe the company represents an attractive investment opportunity.

      


  • Brandes Global Equity Fund 2nd Quarter Commentary

    Market Overview

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Kasikornbank

    Established a year later in 1945, Kasikornbank (BKK:KBANK) is Thailand’s fourth-largest bank. The company provides a broad range of consumer, commercial and corporate banking services, including lending, deposit-taking, credit-card services, international-trade financing, custodian services, asset management, investment banking, life insurance and leasing. Moreover, Kasikornbank is the leader in Thailand’s small-/mid-enterprise lending market, which offers higher margins than retail and corporate lending segments.


    The Thai banking industry is in the midst of a credit cycle where asset quality started deteriorating in 2015 due to the slowing economy. In descending order of credit risk, small-/ mid-enterprise lending has represented the highest level of non-performing loans, followed by retail and corporate lending. However, we believe both Bangkok Bank and Kasikornbank are well positioned in the market and offer a margin of safety at their current prices—even after adjusting for further credit deterioration over the next few years.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Bangkok Bank

    Founded in 1944, Bangkok Bank (BKK:BBL) is the largest commercial bank in Thailand with assets, loans, and deposits all commanding over 15% in market share. Bangkok Bank offers a universal banking platform with a full range of consumer, small-/mid-enterprise and corporate financial products and services. Additionally, the company boasts a strong franchise with nearly 1,200 domestic branches, 39 international branches and over 9,000 ATMs.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo

    We’ve highlighted our investment in SABESP (NYSE:SBS) in past commentaries when economic fear in Brazil, coupled with a severe drought, brought the market valuation for the company down to what we considered attractive levels. However, there have been a number of incremental positives for SABESP over the past year, including:


    • Rainfall: Thanks to the long-awaited rainfall, the water reservoirs in Sao Paolo region have improved—albeit still low—from the critical levels observed a year ago.
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  • Brandes Funds Comments on Eletrobras

    A long-time position in the Fund, Eletrobras (BSP:LIPR3) is a holding company that operates across the entire electricity value chain. The company is Brazil’s largest electricity provider, controlling 33% of the country’s generation capacity, mainly via hydro plants, and nearly 50% of the transmission grid.


    In late April, Brazil’s Ministry of Mines and Energy announced very favorable compensation payment terms for the residual value of transmission assets built prior to 2000 (previously arbitrarily set to zero). The change marked a significant regulatory turnabout for Eletrobras and drove up its shares. The share-price increase, combined with a strong rally for Brazilian securities in general, led us to believe that the risk/reward tradeoff no longer warranted an investment in Eletrobras.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Erste Group Bank

    Also weighing on performance in the quarter was Erste GroupBank (WBO:EBS), an Austria-domiciled bank with a majority of assets in emerging Europe. European financial companies—Erste was no exception—were negatively impacted by the Brexit news due to increased fears of a euro break-up, prolonged macroeconomic uncertainty and more downward pressure on interest rates. Compared to other developing markets, emerging Central and Eastern European countries tend to have higher exposure to exports to the United Kingdom and the euro zone, as well as currencies that are more correlated to the euro. However, we believe Erste will be relatively resilient due to its strong capital adequacy and improving asset quality.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Embraer

    For Embraer (NYSE:ERJ), which derives the majority of its sales outside Brazil, the real’s appreciation continued to present a headwind. The company has also been experiencing margin compression, mainly due to the mature state of its current product mix ahead of the launch of its next-generation models expected in 2018. We see the challenges facing Copa and Embraer as temporary in nature and we continue to believe they represent attractive investment opportunities.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Copa

    After starting the year with strong performance buoyed by the currency strengthening of a number of Latin American countries in which it operates, Copa (NYSE:CPA) saw its shares decline due to downward revisions to its 2016 guidance on revenue per available seat mile (or RASM, normally used to measure an airline’s efficiency) and operating margins.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Lifestyle International

    Lifestyle International (HKSE:01212) announced in April a proposal to spin off all of its businesses and investments in China as a separate entity in an effort to unlock hidden value. Lifestyle’s Hong Kong and Chinese assets have different growth paths, risk profiles and historical cash-flow generation properties. We generally view the spinoff as positive news as it may increase financial transparency, enable management teams to better focus on their respective businesses, and allow greater access to debt and equity markets.

      


  • Brandes Funds Comments on Estacio

    A bidding war for Estacio (BSP:ESTC3) erupted in early June after Kroton Educacional and Ser, two of Estacio’s peers, made non-binding merger offers for the company. In mid-June, Estacio’s chief executive officer resigned and was replaced on an interim basis by a member of the Zaher family. This development magnified the bidding war as there has been speculation that the Zaher family, which owns 14% of Estacio, is also considering a possible tender offer for 36%-61% of the company in order to acquire majority control.


    While the situation is ongoing, shares of Estacio and Kroton (BSP:KROT3) have appreciated materially on the news of the potential acquisition. The merger between the two companies could produce meaningful synergies, including scale and operational improvements, especially considering Kroton’s margins are materially higher than Estacio’s.

      


  • Brandes Emerging Markets Value Fund 2nd Quarter Commentary

    Market Overview

      


  • John Rogers Continues to Buy Morgan Stanley, Ansys

    John Rogers (Trades, Portfolio) is the founder of Ariel Investment LLC, which he started in 1983. In both fourth quarter 2015 and first quarter 2016 the guru bought shares in the following stocks:


    HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBC)

      


  • Charles Brandes Continues to Buy Avon, Higher One Holdings

    Charles Brandes (Trades, Portfolio) is the chairman of Brandes Investment Partners, the firm he started in 1974. In both fourth quarter 2015 and first quarter 2016, the guru bought shares in the following stocks:


    Endeavour Silver Corp. (EXK)

      


  • Honda Approaches Its 10-Year P/B Ratio Low

    Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE:HMC) is traded at a P/B ratio of 0.80, close to its 10-year low of 0.72. The company is owned by eight gurus.


    Honda has a market cap of $47.89 billion; its shares were traded around $26.57 with a P/E ratio of 17.38 and P/S ratio of 0.39. The trailing 12-month dividend yield of Honda stock is 2.89%. Honda's forward dividend yield is 3.25%. Honda had an annual average earnings growth of 3.90% over the past 10 years. GuruFocus rated Honda the business predictability rank of 2.5-star.

      


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