8 Most Undervalued Stocks Fund Managers Are Buying

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Finding Stocks That Fund Managers Own

One of the better-kept secrets in investing is a form called the 13F-HR that all institutional investors who manage over $100 million in assets must submit to the SEC. In the Form 13F, managers have to disclose their holdings giving intelligent observers a sneak peek into their strategy and investments.

Analyzing thousands of stocks listed on U.S. exchanges is likely impossible for smaller investors. That's why it is wise to leverage the resources from distinguished money manager in order to help narrow down a watch-list.

The Ideas Page at finbox.io tracks over 40 investor portfolios from illustrious managers like Warren Buffett, Steven Cohen, Ray Dalio and more. I searched through these 40+ portfolios to find stocks that:

  1. are being bought by more than one money manager, and
  2. are trading below their intrinsic value.

For number (1), finbox.io compares the two most recent 13F filings for a given asset manager to find stock holdings that have increased from the previous quarter.

For number (2), I determined which stocks are trading below their intrinsic value by using the finbox.io Fair Value estimate. This estimate is derived by applying valuation and risk models like discounted cash flow analysis, dividend discount model, earnings power value and more.

I also wanted to blend in some indication of which stocks might be ready to make a move up soon because they're popular with Wall Street analysts. Therefore I calculated an average using the finbox.io fair value upside and analyst upside to create a blended upside which I then used to rank the most undervalued holdings.

Here are the 8 most undervalued stocks that top money managers are buying.

#1 Shire

Shire plc (NasdaqGS: SHPG) is a biotechnology company focused on serving people with rare diseases and other specialized conditions worldwide.

Shire Purchases
Money Manager Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
Daniel Loeb $183.8 1.5%
Larry Robbins $634.9 5.2%
Leon Cooperman $23.5 3.9%
Scott Ferguson $71.2 9.0%

Daniel Loeb founded Third Point in 1995 with $3.3 million from family and friends. The fund now manages more than $3.2 billion! Third Point entered into a new $183.8 million position in Shire as of September 30th (1.5% of Third Point's portfolio).

Larry Robbins is the investor behind Glenview Capital Management which manages more than $17 billion. Glenview's most recent 13F filing highlighted that Robbins added $634.9 million to his Shire position. This brings the firms total holdings to $898.8 million or 5.2% of the portfolio.

Similarly, Leon Cooperman added $23.5 million and Scott Ferguson added $71.2 million.

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Shire's stock last traded at $146.76 as of Monday morning, November 27th, approximately 77% of its 52 week high. Although the stock is down -13% year-to-date, ten separate valuation analyses imply nearly 25% upside.

#2 Zimmer Biomet

Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) designs and manufactures musculoskeletal healthcare products and solutions worldwide.

Zimmer Biomet Purchases
Money Manager Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
Larry Robbins $279.1 2.1%
Barry Rosenstein $77.6 11.3%
David Dreman $2.0 1.1%

Larry Robbins added $279.1 million worth of shares of Zimmer Biomet in the third quarter bringing his total position to $369.5 million.

Barry Rosenstein of Jana Partners added $77.6 million bringing his total to $545.9 million or 11.3% of Jana's portfolio. David Dreman also purchased an additional $2 million in Q3.

Undervalued Stocks Fund Managers Are Buying

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The company's shares last traded at $113.16 as of Monday, November 27, down -9% over the last month. Finbox.io's intrinsic value estimate implies nearly 15% upside while the average estimate from 22 Wall Street analysts implies more than 15% upside. May be time to buy while the stock slumps.

#3 Time Warner

Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) operates as a media and entertainment company in the United States and internationally.

TIme Warner
Money Manager Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
Steven Cohen $543.2 4.3%
George Soros $43.3 3.1%

Steven Cohen has an estimated worth of $13 billion and is the investor behind Point72 Asset Management. He is one of the more controversial money managers that you'll find but investing morality aside, you cannot deny his superior returns.

Cohen's latest 13F filing revealed that he added $543.2 million worth of Time Warner shares over the quarter. At 4.3% of the entire portfolio, this is now his single largest equity position. George Soros also added $43.3 million to his position.

Undervalued Stocks Fund Managers Are Buying

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AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Time Warner for $107.50 per share on October 22, 2016. However, on November 20th of this year, the Department of Justice filed an antitrust suit opposing the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

Time Warner still appears to be an attractive investment even if the merger ultimately fails. Twelve cash flow models imply that the stock is nearly 10% undervalued on a stand-alone basis.

Having said that, it will be interesting to see if Cohen and Soros continue to hold Time Warner shares next quarter since the positions above are reflective as of September 30th.

#4 Micron Technology

Micron Technology, Inc. (NasdaqGS: MU) provides semiconductor systems worldwide.

Micron Technology Purchases
Money Manager Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
Joel Greenblatt $58.1 0.9%
David Tepper $163.4 9.4%
Jim Simons $264.7 0.3%
David Einhorn $93.3 3.4%

Forbes listed David Tepper as one of the 25 highest-earning hedge fund managers in 2017. He is the founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Short Hills, New Jersey. His hedge fund added $185.4 million worth of Micron stock in Q2. He then added another $163.4 million in Q3 bringing his total position to 17,054 shares worth $670.7 million (9.4% of Appaloosa's portfolio).

Jim Simons founded Renaissance Technologies (a hedge fund) in 1982 and has a net worth of $18 billion. Although he retired in 2009, he remains its non-executive chairman and adviser. Renaissance Technologies' latest 13F filing revealed that the fund entered into a new $264.7 million position in Micron Technology.

Other fund managers adding MU stock in Q3 include Joel Greenblatt and David Einhorn.

Undervalued Stocks Fund Managers Are Buying

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Micron Technology's shares last traded around $48 per share as of Monday, right at its all-time high. The stock is up 116% year-to-date and up 18% over the last month.

#5 United Technologies

United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) provides technology products and services to building systems and aerospace industries worldwide.

United Technologies Purchases
Money Manager Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
Andreas Halvorsen $485.1 3.1%
Jim Simons $231.5 0.3%

Andreas Halvorsen is the investor behind Viking Global, a hedge fund with $24 billion under management. Although Tiger Global reportedly lost 4% in 2016, Halvorsen has an impressive track record which has helped him accumulate a net worth of $3.1 billion. His hedge fund bought a new $485.1 million position in United Technologies in Q3.

Jim Simons' Renaissance Technologies also bought a new $231.5 million position in the company.

Undervalued Stocks Fund Managers Are Buying

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Although finbox.io's eleven cash flow models offer a wide fair value range ($79.83 - $157.34), the average estimate of $128.87 implies 10% upside to its current trading price.

#6 Apple

Apple Inc. (NasdaqGS: AAPL) manufactures and sells mobile devices and personal computers worldwide.

Apple Purchases
Money Manager Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
Warren Buffett $601.2 11.6%
David Tepper $113.4 2.9%

Warren Buffett is a man who needs no introduction and has a total net worth of over $80 billion (4th wealthiest person in the world). Through Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett makes long-term investments as illustrated by the portfolio's low QoQ turnover rate. As a result, it is notable when Buffett enters into a new position or adds to a position like he has with Apple. Berkshire Hathaway's most recent 13F revealed a $601.2 million purchase to its stake in Apple.

David Tepper also doubled down on his Apple bet in Q3.

Undervalued Stocks Fund Managers Are Buying

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Apple's stock traded at $174.05 as of Monday morning, up 52% year-to-date. Even after the large appreciation, the blended upside from finbox.io and 38 Wall Street analysts implies the stock is still undervalued.

#7 Netflix

Another company that needs no introduction, Netflix, Inc. (NasdaqGS: NFLX) is an internet television network that delivers shows and movies on various internet-connected screens.

Netflix Purchases
Money Manager Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
Chase Coleman $485.5 3.8%
Andreas Halvorsen $406.4 4.6%
Jim Simons $272.8 0.5%

Chase Coleman as an estimated worth of $2.2 billion and is the investor behind Tiger Global Management. Tiger Global manages $20 billion of assets and has a long record of delivering fantastic returns. The hedge fund revealed that it purchased $485.5 million worth of Netflix shares in Q3. Tiger global previously held less than $70 million worth of stock.

Andreas Halvorsen and Jim Simons also reported NFLX purchases of $406.4 million and $272.8 million, respectively.

Undervalued Stocks Fund Managers Are Buying

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Netflix investors have enjoyed the stock's performance over the last three years which have increased nearly 300%.

On a fundamental basis, finbox.io's six analyses calculate a margin of safety of negative -4.5%. However, the consensus price target from 38 Wall Street analysts implies that stock still has 10% upside.

#8 Facebook

Facebook, Inc. (NasdaqGS: FB) offers one of the most engaging social media platforms on the web.

Facebook Purchases
Money Manager Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
David Tepper $161.3 7.9%
Steven Cohen $281.8 1.5%
Chase Coleman $218. 2.1%
Ken Griffin $325.5 1.5%

Ken Griffin is the investor behind Chicago based Citadel Advisors. He's the 36th richest American with a net worth that increased by over $1 billion since last year. After his hedge fund's most recent $325.5 million purchase, he now owns 11.2 million Facebook shares worth a total of $1.9 billion (1.5% of Citadel's portfolio).

Three other fund managers added to their Facebook stakes including David Tepper, Steven Cohen and Chase Coleman.

Undervalued Stocks Fund Managers Are Buying

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Facebook's stock last traded at $182.61 as of Monday, right near its all-time high. The stock's up 58% year-to-date and 136% over the last three years.

The 41 analysts covering the company still believe that the stock still has another 13% upside.

8 Undervalued Stocks that Fund Managers Are Buying

In conclusion, the table below ranks all eight stocks by their blended upside.

8 Most Undervalued Stocks That Fund Managers Are Buying
Company Name # of Fund Managers Buying finbox.io Upside Analyst Upside Blended Upside
Shire plc 4 24% 48% 36%
Zimmer Biomet 3 15% 16% 15%
Time Warner 2 10% 14% 12%
Micron Technology 4 13% 5% 9%
United Technologies 2 10% 7% 9%
Apple 2 -2% 8% 3%
Netflix 3 -5% 10% 3%
Facebook 4 -9% 13% 2%

Note that this is an update to last quarter's 6 Undervalued Stocks That Top Money Managers Are Buying. Micron Technology is the only company to make the list in Q2 and Q3. The stock was previously trading at $41.33 when we originally published last quarter's top stocks and shares have since jumped 16%.

There’s a reason why investors track holdings of top institutional fund managers to get inspiration for their portfolios, it works. If you’re not currently using 13F forms to find attractive stocks, chances are you’re leaving money on the table.

This list will be updated again when new 13F filings are released in February.

Article by Matt Hogan, Finbox.io

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