Martin Whitman

Martin Whitman

Last Update: 03-31-2017
Related: Third Avenue Management

Number of Stocks: 36
Number of New Stocks: 1

Total Value: $1,116 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 3%

Countries: USA
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Martin Whitman Watch

  • A Review of 'Invest Like a Guru'

    The first stock I ever bought was in the eighth grade during a stock market competition. My current affairs teacher – a certain Mr. Brown – wanted to demonstrate the markets were nothing more than a vast national casino. Perusing the newspaper stock prices (how quaint!), I made up my mind to buy Gensco. I had absolutely no idea what Gensco was, what it sold or whether it even made money. The really attractive fact was the shares were trading at 23 cents per share. Just think how many of these so-called shares I could buy! Mr. Brown was wrong that day. I did not see the markets as a nefarious casino, but rather a candy shop where the only thing that matters is how many pieces can you buy with the money you have.


    Oh, how I could have used Charlie Tian’s book, “Invest Like a Guru,” along with his website, GuruFocus.com! Many investors – much like my eighth grade self – fail to create and follow a structured and tested methodology in stock investing. Usually driven by whims and emotions, investors rarely think of investing as owning a piece of a business. Rather, they see investments as dots and numbers as a backdrop to human megaphones like Jim Cramer.

      


  • Toyota Industries Leads in High-Tech Automotive and Forklifts

    Toyota Industries Corp. (TYIDF) is the original Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE:TM). The company excels in automotive parts and forklifts. It also holds billions of dollars in Toyota stock and several other Japanese companies. The stock is a major holding of the Third Avenue Value Fund.


    The stock trades at 5,790 yen ($50.69), there are 325.84 million shares outstanding and the market cap is 1.89 trillion yen ($16.5 billion). It takes 114 yen to buy one dollar. Earnings per share are 401.92 yen and the price-earnings ratio is 14.4. The dividend is 125 yen and the dividend yield is 2.16%.

      


  • Martin Whitman Sells Comerica, Buys Amgen

    Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio) is founder and portfolio manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund. During the first quarter the guru traded shares in the following stocks:


    The investor reduced his holding in Comerica Inc. (CMA) by 32.65% with an impact of -2.1% on the portfolio.

      


  • Third Avenue Management 1st Quarter Shareholder Letter

    Dear Fellow Shareholders:


    It has been an eventful quarter and we thought we would begin our discussion of the Fund's performance and activities by answering the question we were most frequently asked this quarter.

      


  • Third Avenue Management Comments on Lennar

    We initiated Lennar (NYSE:LEN) in October, and thus wrote up our comments in our prior shareholder letter, but due to the shift in our letter cadence, we are republishing our thoughts from our initial purchase.


    Marty Whitman said in October 1996: "Given Third Avenue's investment criteria, it is more accurate to view the situation as the industry selecting the Fund, rather than Third Avenue choosing the industries in which to invest' We think this quote superbly describes the opportunity the Value Fund saw in establishing a position in Lennar Corporation common in the quarter, as the shares sold off somewhat inexplicably from nearly $50 per share at their recent peak and allowed us to establish a position at just over $41.

      


  • Third Avenue Management Comments on Cerner

    Cerner (NASDAQ:CERN) is a leading health care information technology company. We have long admired Cerner as it is a well-financed compounder, having compounded book value at an average rate of 16% over the past 10 years. Delays in customer adoption of healthcare Information Technology (IT) systems as regulatory mandates have lengthened, exacerbated by concerns about potential changes to the ACA and the impact on healthcare IT spend, have negatively pressured Cerner's common stock price down from over $67 to our initial purchase cost of approximately $48, giving us an opportunity to acquire shares of Cerner common stock at an attractive valuation.


    Healthcare IT has been in the sweet spot of spending for hospitals as regulatory reform and increasingly complex regulatory requirements have driven a greater need for IT solutions. The ACA and Health Information Technology Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) were established to transition the U.S. healthcare system from fee-for-service towards value-based outcomes, i.e., incentivizing hospitals and providers for increasing quality of care and patient outcomes rather than the volume of procedures performed. As part of this initiative, electronic health records systems were required and analytics and data collection to monitor outcomes is increasing. Cerner is one of the market leaders in these systems. Similar to other IT companies, services and software for the installed base of systems generates high-margin recurring revenue. Further, many legacy systems are in need of upgrades to enable them to meet the new regulatory requirements. Given its market leading position, Cerner has been gaining share and is well-positioned to continue to take share. In addition, there has been consolidation within the industry, including some vendors discontinuing products.

      


  • Calendar 4th Quarter Shareholder Letter From Marty Whitman's Third Avenue Value Fund

    Dear Fellow Shareholders:


      



  • Third Avenue Management Comments on Petroleum Geo-Services

    Petroleum Geo-Services ("PGS") (OSL:PGS) Throughout December and early January, PGS completed its refinancing activities as described in our previous letter. PGS conducted an equity raise primarily for the purpose of refinancing its 2018 bonds. The Fund was a holder of both PGS equity and its 2018 bonds. We were pleased to participate in improving PGS’ capital structure via the equity offering, which precipitated a meaningful price appreciation of both our equity and credit positions. PGS tendered for our 2018 bonds PGS on terms favorable to bondholders, and meanwhile the company’s equity responded very favorably to the improvement in the company’s capital structure and the elimination of its nearest debt maturity. Our investments in PGS securities have been important contributors to performance of late.

      


  • Third Avenue Management Comments on Lundin Mining

    Lundin Mining (“Lundin”) (TSX:LUN) In mid-November, Lundin announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell its holding in an entity called TF Holdings Ltd. TF is the entity through which Lundin and Freeport-McMoRan have for many years controlled a Central African copper mine called Tenke Fungurume. The Lundin transaction essentially is the sale of a 24% economic interest in the mine for the agreed price of CAD 1.14 billion. This transaction is expected to close during the first half of 2017 and would add considerable cash to what is already one of the mining industry’s best balance sheets. While Tenke Fungurume is an unusually high quality mine, its jurisdiction can at times be an unusually challenging place to do business. We view the transaction price as reasonable and look positively upon the prospective reduction of political risk embedded within Lundin. With the transaction proceeds Lundin would also bolster its position as one of the very few companies in a position to acquire mining assets at one of the rare times when some very decent assets may be available for sale.

      


  • Third Avenue Management Comments on Lundin Mining

    Lundin Mining (“Lundin”) (TSX:LUN) In mid-November, Lundin announced that it had entered into an agreement to sell its holding in an entity called TF Holdings Ltd. TF is the entity through which Lundin and Freeport-McMoRan have for many years controlled a Central African copper mine called Tenke Fungurume. The Lundin transaction essentially is the sale of a 24% economic interest in the mine for the agreed price of CAD 1.14 billion. This transaction is expected to close during the first half of 2017 and would add considerable cash to what is already one of the mining industry’s best balance sheets. While Tenke Fungurume is an unusually high quality mine, its jurisdiction can at times be an unusually challenging place to do business. We view the transaction price as reasonable and look positively upon the prospective reduction of political risk embedded within Lundin. With the transaction proceeds Lundin would also bolster its position as one of the very few companies in a position to acquire mining assets at one of the rare times when some very decent assets may be available for sale.


     

      


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