Howard Marks' Top Five of the Second Quarter

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Monica Wolfe
Aug 12, 2014
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Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio), the chairman of Oaktree, reported its second quarter holdings earlier today. Marks has been responsible for the investing philosophy and direction of Oaktree since its formation in 1995. Oaktree provides investment management within a limited number of specialized niche markets where we believe the potential for reward outweighs the risk entailed. All of its investment activities operate according to the unifying philosophy that follows: the primacy of risk control, emphasis on consistency, the importance of market inefficiency, etc.



Marks second quarter holdings reported seven new holdings, bringing its total to 71 stocks valued at over $5.74 billion. The following five stocks represent

Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) top five holdings as of the close of the second quarter.



EXCO Resources (

XCO, Financial)



Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) largest holding of the quarter goes to EXCO Resources where he maintains 45,173,683 shares of the companys stock. This position makes up for 4.6% of the gurus total holdings as well as 16.56% of the companys shares outstanding.



Marks did not alter his position over the past quarter. But since his last buy in the first quarter of 2014 the price per share has fallen -12.6%, and from the estimated average quarterly price of the second quarter the price has fallen an additional -20.7%.



Marks historical holding history:



Howard Marks



EXCO Resources is an independent oil and natural gas company engaged in the exploration, exploitation, development and production of onshore North American oil and natural gas properties with a focus on shale resource plays.



EXCO Resources historical revenue and net income:



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The analysis on EXCO Resources reports that the companys dividend yield is near a 5-year high, its price is near a 10-year low and its P/S ratio is near a 5-year low. The analysis also notes that the companys payout ratio may be too high, meaning that its dividend might not be sustainable.



EXCO Resources has a market cap of $1.22 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $4.46 with a P/S ratio of 1.60 and a P/B ratio of 3.10. The dividend yield of EXCO Resources is currently at 4.40%.



Dynegy Inc (DYN)



The gurus second largest holding is in Dynegy where he holds on to 6,940,100 shares of the companys stock. This holding represents 4.2% of his total portfolio holdings as well as 6.92% of the companys shares outstanding.



During the second quarter Marks decreased his holdings -15.84% by selling a total of 1,305,886 shares. He sold these shares in the quarterly price range of $24.80 to $36.14, with an estimated average quarterly price of $30.83. Since then the price per share has fallen approximately -9.9%.



Marks holding history as of the close of Q2:



Howard Marks



Dynegy is holding companies and conducts all of its business operations through its subsidiaries. The company's business operations are the power generation sector of the energy industry. It now manages its generation assets by fuel type with two main reportable segments: the Coal segment &the Gas Segment.



Dynegys historical revenue and net income:



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The analysis on Dynegy reports that the company has issued $222 million of debt over the past three years, its P/S ratio is near a 2-year low, and it has had operating loss over the past 3 years.



Dynegy has a market cap of $2.77 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $27.62 with a P/S ratio of 1.30 and a P/B ratio of 1.40.



First BanCorp (

FBP, Financial)



Marks third largest holding goes to First BanCorp where he holds on to a total of 41,843,581 shares of the companys stock. This position makes up for 4% of his total assets managed as well as 20% of First BanCorps shares outstanding.



The guru did not alter his holdings in the company over the past quarter. In fact the last change the guru made in this position was in the third quarter of 2013 when he made a reduction in holdings. Since that sell the price per share has dropped -30%, but since his initial buy in the fourth quarter of 2011 the price per share is up 45.2%.



Marks historical holding history:



Howard Marks



The company is a provider of financial services and products with operations in Puerto Rico, the United States and the US and British Virgin Islands. It provides a range of financial services for retail, commercial and institutional clients.



First BanCorps historical revenue and net income:



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The analysis on First BanCorp reports that the companys P/B and P/S ratios are near 1-year lows, its revenue per share has been in decline over the past five years and its Piotroski F-Score is low indicating poor business operation.



First BanCorp has a market cap of $1.04 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $4.95 with a P/S ratio of 2.00 and a P/B ratio of 0.80.



Masonite International (DOOR)



Marks fourth largest holding is in Masonite International where he maintains 3,621,363 shares. This position makes up for 3.5% of his total assets managed as well as 12.31% of the companys shares outstanding.



Over the past quarter the guru cut his holdings -11.38% by selling 465,009 shares of the companys stock. He sold these shares in the quarterly price range of $49.76 to $58.77 with an estimated average quarterly price of $54.37 per share. Since then the price per share has increased a slight 0.2%.



Marks historical holdings as of the close of Q2:



Howard Marks



As of the most recent update there are five gurus that hold a position in Masonite International. Check out their holdings here.



Masonites historical revenue and net income:



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The analysis on Masonite International reports that the companys revenue per share has been in decline over the past year, its price is near a 2-year high and its inventory has been building up.



Masonite International has a market cap of $1.62 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $54.43 with a P/S ratio of 0.90 and a P/B ratio of 2.00.



Ally Financial (ALLY)



Howard Marks (Trades, Portfolio) fifth largest position is in Ally Financial where he holds on to 7,993,230 shares of the companys stock. This position represents 3.3% of his total portfolio as well as 1.67% of the companys shares outstanding.



This holding was a new buy over the past quarter. The guru added all 7,993,230 shares in the second quarter price range of $23.46 to $27.90 per share. The estimated average quarterly price of the second quarter was $24.29 per share and the price per share has dropped -5.5% since then.



Marks historical holding history of ALLY:



Howard Marks



Ally Financial Inc. is an independent financial services firm which provides financial products and services to automotive dealers and their customers.



Ally Financials historical revenue and net income:



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The analysis on Ally Financial reports that the companys Piotroski F-Score is low, its cash flow from operations has severe divergence from the reported net income, and its P/B ratio is near a 1-year low.



Ally Financial has a market cap of $11.03 billion. Its shares are currently trading at around $22.99 with a P/S ratio of 1.90 and a P/B ratio of 0.80.



Check out Marks complete second quarter holdings here.



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