Third Avenue Management

Third Avenue Management

Last Update: 05-15-2017
Related: Martin Whitman

Number of Stocks: 112
Number of New Stocks: 6

Total Value: $2,188 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 4%

Countries: USA
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Third Avenue Management' s Profile & Performance

Profile

Founded by legendary value investor Martin Whitman, Third Avenue Management manages mutual funds, separate accounts and hedge funds. The mutual funds include, Third Avenue Value Fund, managed by Martin Whitman, Third Avenue Small-Cap Value Fund, managed by Curtis Jensen, Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund, managed by Michael Winer, and Third Avenue International Value Fund, managed by Amit Wadhwaney. All of these funds have achieved outstanding performances compared with peers.


We also have Martin Whitman in our List of Gurus. There are overlaps between the portfolio of Third Avenue Management and Martin Whitman's portfolio (Third Avenue Value Fund)

Web Page:http://thirdavenuefunds.com/taf/index.html

Investing Philosophy

Third Avenue Management, led by its founder and chairman, Martin Whitman, are balance sheet value investors. They think that the current balance sheet, rather than its projected future revenues and earnings, is the best measure of a company's value. They seek to invest in safe companies that are cheaply priced.

Total Holding History

Performance of Third Avenue Value Fund

YearReturn (%)S&P500 (%)Excess Gain (%)
201613.3911.961.4
2015-8.371.38-9.7
20144.8813.69-8.8
3-Year Cumulative9 (2.9%/year)29 (8.9%/year)-20 (-6%/year)
201318.8432.39-13.5
201227.481611.5
5-Year Cumulative65.1 (10.5%/year)98.2 (14.7%/year)-33.1 (-4.2%/year)
2011-20.862.11-23.0
201013.8715.06-1.2
200944.5126.4618.0
2008-45.61-37-8.6
20075.765.490.3
10-Year Cumulative23.7 (2.1%/year)95.7 (6.9%/year)-72 (-4.8%/year)
200614.6915.79-1.1
200516.494.9111.6
200426.6210.8815.7
200310.4628.68-18.2
20027.13-22.129.2
15-Year Cumulative147.6 (6.2%/year)164.2 (6.7%/year)-16.6 (-0.5%/year)
200110.82-11.8922.7
20000.91-9.110.0
199910.0621.04-11.0
199816.7228.58-11.9
1997-5.0333.36-38.4
20-Year Cumulative237.8 (6.3%/year)339.2 (7.7%/year)-101.4 (-1.4%/year)
199611.0222.96-11.9
19952.3637.58-35.2
1994-3.221.32-4.5
19931.3610.08-8.7
199210.887.623.3
25-Year Cumulative317.5 (5.9%/year)791.8 (9.1%/year)-474.3 (-3.2%/year)
1991-0.2630.47-30.7

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Third Avenue Management's Top 5 Stock Buys of Q4 Martin Whitman's value-focused firm updates portfolio
The firm founded by legendary investor Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio), Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio), selected eight new stocks and its flagship value fund beat the market in the fourth quarter. Read more...
Third Avenue Management Comments on Comfort Systems USA Guru stock highlight
Beyond a strong balance sheet, other key characteristics that we look for in our companies include a strong business model and a large addressable market to support long-term revenue and earnings compounding. Our addition of Comfort Systems USA (NYSE:FIX) is a good example of these factors. Comfort Systems offers design, installation, retrofit and service for HVAC and electrical systems for facilities such as office buildings, plants, retail centers, hospitals and universities. Comfort Systems is unique in that it focuses mostly in smaller cities where, relative to large urban settings, there is less competition for both projects and for skilled labor. The company works on approximately 4,000 jobs annually and most of the contracts are under $1 million. More than half of these are for renovations and repairs and are recurring in nature, rather than from new constructions. Read more...
Third Avenue Management Comments on Prosegur Guru stock highlight
Prosegur (XMCE:PSG), a Spanish and Latin American provider of cash-in-transit and security services, announced in late September that it intends to conduct an initial public offering of its cash-in-transit subsidiary. The purpose of the exercise is several-fold. First, the company is of the view that placing an independent value on its cash-in-transit business is likely to result in an increase in the value of Prosegur as a whole. Second, Prosegur is in the early days of building a formidable alarms business in Latin America. The characteristics of the business are such that it requires meaningful up-front capital investment to acquire and equip new customers but tends to require little ongoing capital investment as revenue is generated for years thereafter, conceptually similar to many cable or telecom businesses. The idea is to make the up-front capital investment and then enjoy long periods of prodigious cash flow. A portion of the proceeds from the cash-in-transit initial public offering will be used to accelerate the development of the alarms business. Read more...
Third Avenue Small-Cap Value Fund Comments on Seaboard Corp Guru stock highlight
We actually initiated our investment in Seaboard Corporation (SEB) ("Seaboard") with a small weighting at the end of 2Q16 and continued to build our position in 3Q16. Seaboard is a diverse global agribusiness and transportation company. In the U.S., Seaboard is primarily engaged in pork production and processing as well as ocean cargo shipping. Overseas, Seaboard engages in commodity merchandising, grain processing, sugar production and electric power generation. Seaboard also has a 52% interest in the turkey company Butterball, a brand very well-known to many consumers in the U.S. Read more...
Third Avenue Management Comments on Korn Ferry International Guru stock highlight
Many of you may recognize the strong brand name of Korn Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), another purchase in the quarter, but you may not have noticed the business transformation the company has undertaken anchored by its December 2015 purchase of the Hay Group. Korn Ferry is best known for its executive recruiting. It is a top brand name in this highly fragmented industry, with a strong offering on the more resilient and niche C-suite space. Most of its job searches have annual compensation of $300,000 or more. Read more...
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Third Avenue International Value Fund 1st Quarter Letter Commentary on markets and holdings Third Avenue Management,Martin Whitman - Third Avenue International Value Fund 1st Quarter Letter
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Third Avenue Continues to Buy Amgen, 8 Others Guru increased these holdings in the last 2 quarters Third Avenue Management,Martin Whitman,NWQ Manager - Third Avenue Continues To Buy Amgen, 8 Others
Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio) was founded by legendary value investor Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio). It manages mutual funds, separate accounts and hedge funds. In both fourth-quarter 2016 and first-quarter 2017 the guru bought shares in the following stocks: More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Avnet Guru stock highlight
Avnet (NYSE:AVT) is a leading electronic components distributor. It distributes semiconductors, passive and electromechanical devices and embedded products, acting as an intermediary between components suppliers and end customers. Its services help customers evaluate, design-in and procure electronic components throughout the lifecycle of a customer's product, thereby enabling faster time to market as well as cost efficiencies in both the design and manufacturing processes for its customers. Continued innovation and increasing electronics in all types of industries (industrial, automotive, consumer, etc.) should spur demand for Avnet's services over the longer term. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on EOG Resources Guru stock highlight
We initiated a position in EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), a $56 billion independent Energy and Production company with a North American focus on oil shale drilling. EOG is a high quality compounder and has industry leading acreage positions in the most prolific, lowest cost and geographically desirable basins--the Permian, the Eagle Ford and the Sanish/Parshall in the Bakken. As a leader in shale drilling, EOG has foreseen the problems facing the industry in fracking sand availability (it owns its own sand company) and take-away and processing (the Company is invested in core areas and is a leader in oil by rail, which today is a call option on tight markets). EOG has low cost acreage as it has grown organically, with the exception of the Yates acquisition in 2016, where it paid "for the best" and accumulated core acreage in the Delaware Permian at a time of distress in the industry. This deal should pay off for EOG as it develops deeper zones, which is in line with our thesis that "big fields get bigger". Additionally, EOG's timing on the deal looks prescient, near the end of recent oil price declines and just ahead of OPEC cutbacks. EOG More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Bank of New York Mellon Guru stock highlight
Our investment premise for Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK) is that it is a strong book value compounder that is substantially "under-earning" its profitability potential. The Company has undertaken significant cost savings initiatives, which combined with market-leading digital platform investments, should drive future growth and market share gains. The Company's balance sheet is strong with significant excess capital enabling a sizable return of capital to shareholders through both dividend and share buybacks. Lastly, with activist interest still high, any loss of momentum could lead to renewed calls for a break-up of the company to accelerate closure of the discount to NAV. More...

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Brookdale Worth More on Sale It is the country's largest operator of senior citizen facilities; the stock trades less than NAV Third Avenue Management - Brookdale Worth More On Sale
Brookdale (NYSE:BKD) is the country’s largest operator of facilities for senior citizens. The company has faced quite a few problems over the years and has not been profitable. The stock does not pay a dividend and has copious amounts of debt. The plus is that the real estate is probably worth more, and the company could get sold. More...

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Third Avenue Management's Top 5 Stock Buys of Q4 Martin Whitman's value-focused firm updates portfolio Third Avenue Management - Third Avenue Management's Top 5 Stock Buys Of Q4
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These 5 Funds Let Your Money Travel the World Global funds present the best opportunities for investors looking to invest internationally Third Avenue Management - These 5 Funds Let Your Money Travel The World
It’s a big world out there. We hear a lot of talk about the “global economy,” but the truth is much more complicated. It’s more accurate to say that the world is built on a collection of national and regional economies, each with its own unique attributes and near-term outlooks. More...

INTERNATIANAL INVESTING, GLOBAL FUNDS, INTERNATIONAL VALUE FUNDS


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Third Avenue Management Comments on Lennar Guru stock highlight
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. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Cerner Guru stock highlight
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. More...

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Calendar 4th Quarter Shareholder Letter From Marty Whitman's Third Avenue Value Fund Chip Rewey discusses market and holdings Martin Whitman,Third Avenue Management - Calendar 4th Quarter Shareholder Letter From Marty Whitman's Third Avenue Value Fund
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Third Avenue Management Comments on Petroleum Geo-Services Guru stock highlight
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. More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Lundin Mining Guru stock highlight
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 More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Lundin Mining Guru stock highlight
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 More...

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Third Avenue Management Comments on Global Logistic Properties Guru stock highlight
Global Logistic Properties (“GLP”) (SGX:MC0) We have been satisfied owners of GLP for some time. From an execution standpoint, this logistics facility developer, owner and operator continues to do a fine job operationally. The company has judiciously grown its facilities network in China, Japan, Brazil and the U.S., both organically and through acquisition, at a pace appropriate for each respective geographic market while maintaining a conservative balance sheet. Meanwhile, the company has made great strides in growing its fund management platform, which has the benefit of improving overall returns through the incorporation of fee-paying third party capital. However, the stock had until recently languished at a low valuation presumably as a result of the broad perception that macroeconomic growth in China is slowing and that the growth of GLP’s network development will also slow in turn. Yet investors fixated on rapid growth of earnings fail to appreciate the value of the existing in-place network of facilities, a reasonable replacement cost analysis of those assets, the extreme More...

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Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund 4th Quarter Commentary Review of markets and holdings Third Avenue Management,Martin Whitman - Third Avenue Real Estate Value Fund 4th Quarter Commentary
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Third Avenue Value Fund Buys 2 Stocks and Adds to 2 Positions in Q4 Fund reveals its picks earlier than most Third Avenue Management,Martin Whitman - Third Avenue Value Fund Buys 2 Stocks And Adds To 2 Positions In Q4
Third Avenue Management (Trades, Portfolio), a private investment firm founded by legendary value manager Martin Whitman (Trades, Portfolio), ends its quarter on Oct. 31 and revealed the fourth-quarter trades of its Third Avenue Value Fund in its recent letter. More...

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Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund Letter a Year After Starting Wind Down Fund hits road bump returning money to shareholders Third Avenue Management,Martin Whitman - Third Avenue Focused Credit Fund Letter A Year After Starting Wind Down
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Third Avenue Management Comments on Korn Ferry International Guru stock highlight
Many of you may recognize the strong brand name of Korn Ferry International (NYSE:KFY), another purchase in the quarter, but you may not have noticed the business transformation the company has undertaken anchored by its December 2015 purchase of the Hay Group. Korn Ferry is best known for its executive recruiting. It is a top brand name in this highly fragmented industry, with a strong offering on the more resilient and niche C-suite space. Most of its job searches have annual compensation of $300,000 or more. More...

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