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Top 5 1st Quarter Trades of Boston Partners

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Boston Partners recently filed their 13F report for the first quarter of 2022, which ended on 2022-03-31.

The 13F report details which stocks were in a guru’s equity portfolio at the end of the quarter, though investors should note that these filings are limited in scope, containing only a snapshot of long positions in U.S.-listed stocks and American depository receipts as of the quarter’s end. They are not required to include international holdings, short positions or other types of investments. Still, even this limited filing can provide valuable information.

Boston Partners is a privately owned investment manager that is a part of Robeco Group, which is intern largely owned by ORIX Corporation. The firm was founded in 1995 and currently employees 136 people, with 42 of them being investment professionals. Within the company, the business operations are done under a “flat management structure that empowers our analysts and portfolio managers to research and construct their investment recommendations and portfolios within a specific and well-defined set of investment principles.” The firm has three main direct divisions that conduct its investment managing business. Boston Partners holds approximately $75 billion in client assets under management, split between the three main divisions with Boston Partners having $72.6 billion, WPG Partners having $1.3 billion, and Redwood having over $600 million. Boston Partners, the largest of the three divisions, handles the company’s core offerings of value equities. To select its securities, the division utilizes bottom up fundamental research with quantitative analysis, focusing on the valuation, fundamentals, and momentum of the businesses. WPG Partners specializes in small and micro-cap investing and is led by Richard Shuster and Greg Weiss. To select its investments, the division focuses on consistent track records and methodologies, knowledge of pricing within segments, and the capability of companies to change positively. Redwood, the smallest and most recently acquired division, develops its “absolute return strategy that seeks to combine fundamental security analysis with management of equity volatility to produce performance with stability.” The division focuses on investments in companies that can produce 6-9% market cycle returns and have half the volatility of the broad equity market according to the S&P 500 Index, focusing on its capabilities to deliver downside protection. Some of the company’s mutual funds include its All-Cap Value Fund, Long and Short Equity Fund, Long and Short Research Fund, and Global Long and Short Fund.

As of the latest 13F report, the guru’s equity portfolio contained 698 stocks valued at a total of $82,549,000,000. The top holdings were AZO(1.83%), JNJ(1.80%), and COP(1.67%).

According to GuruFocus data, these were Boston Partners’s top five trades of the quarter.

Procter & Gamble Co


During the quarter, Boston Partners bought 3,392,030 shares of NYSE:PG for a total holding of 3,415,888. The trade had a 0.63% impact on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded for an average price of $156.55.

On 05/10/2022, Procter & Gamble Co traded for a price of $155.54 per share and a market cap of $373,354,581,000. The stock has returned 17.75% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 7 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 8 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Procter & Gamble Co has a price-earnings ratio of 27.16, a price-book ratio of 8.37, a price-earnings-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 6.04, a EV-to-Ebitda ratio of 18.89 and a price-sales ratio of 4.99.

The price-to-GF Value ratio is 1.04, earning the stock a GF Value rank of 6.

Citigroup Inc


Boston Partners reduced their investment in NYSE:C by 5,889,530 shares. The trade had a 0.43% impact on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded for an average price of $61.89.

On 05/10/2022, Citigroup Inc traded for a price of $50.58 per share and a market cap of $98,024,199,000. The stock has returned -30.83% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 3 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 5 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Citigroup Inc has a price-earnings ratio of 5.95, a price-book ratio of 0.55, a price-earnings-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 1.15 and a price-sales ratio of 1.43.

The price-to-GF Value ratio is 0.71, earning the stock a GF Value rank of 8.

Microchip Technology Inc


The guru established a new position worth 4,127,908 shares in NAS:MCHP, giving the stock a 0.38% weight in the equity portfolio. Shares traded for an average price of $75.38 during the quarter.

On 05/10/2022, Microchip Technology Inc traded for a price of $66.75 per share and a market cap of $37,901,888,000. The stock has returned -12.89% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 5 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 9 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Microchip Technology Inc has a price-earnings ratio of 40.10, a price-book ratio of 6.53, a price-earnings-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 1.91, a EV-to-Ebitda ratio of 17.35 and a price-sales ratio of 5.98.

The price-to-GF Value ratio is 1.03, earning the stock a GF Value rank of 5.

Vertiv Holdings Co


The guru sold out of their 11,693,371-share investment in NYSE:VRT. Previously, the stock had a 0.35% weight in the equity portfolio. Shares traded for an average price of $17.91 during the quarter.

On 05/10/2022, Vertiv Holdings Co traded for a price of $11.17 per share and a market cap of $4,341,307,000. The stock has returned -51.46% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 4 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 3 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Vertiv Holdings Co has a price-earnings ratio of 1152.50, a price-book ratio of 3.01, a EV-to-Ebitda ratio of 14.27 and a price-sales ratio of 0.84.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd


During the quarter, Boston Partners bought 1,862,359 shares of NAS:CHKP for a total holding of 1,873,144. The trade had a 0.31% impact on the equity portfolio. During the quarter, the stock traded for an average price of $130.49.

On 05/10/2022, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd traded for a price of $120.48 per share and a market cap of $15,282,667,000. The stock has returned -0.48% over the past year.

GuruFocus gives the company a financial strength rating of 10 out of 10 and a profitability rating of 10 out of 10.

In terms of valuation, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd has a price-earnings ratio of 19.59, a price-book ratio of 4.73, a price-earnings-to-growth (PEG) ratio of 3.11, a EV-to-Ebitda ratio of 14.43 and a price-sales ratio of 7.41.

The price-to-GF Value ratio is 0.85, earning the stock a GF Value rank of 9.


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