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Holly LaFon
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Wally Weitz Comments on DXC Technology

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July 17, 2017 | About:
During this extended period of high valuations, the turnover in our stock funds has been low. We have added a few new stocks to our portfolios, but they tend to fall into the category of intermediate-term “trades” (as opposed to our preferred long-term “investments”). For example, DXC Technologies (NYSE:DXC) is the successor to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), an undermanaged and somewhat troubled IT consulting company that brought in new management in 2012. The new CEO, Mike Lawrie, has considerable turnaround experience and by 2016 had CSC back on track. Earlier this year, CSC acquired Hewlett Packard’s Enterprise Services business (originally Ross Perot’s EDS). The plan is to use the same playbook Lawrie used with CSC to make the combined company more profitable. If they are reasonably successful over the next three to four years, we believe that DXC can earn $9-10 per share and sell at a modest 12-13 times earnings. This is not “home run” material, but it would represent a nice increase over today’s $76 per share. More importantly, achieving these gains is not dependent on low interest rates, a strengthening economy or technological breakthroughs.

From Wallace Weitz (Trades, Portfolio)'s June 2017 Value Matters letter.


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