Part of the weekly research here at The Acquirer’s Multiple features some of the top picks from our Stock Screeners and some top investors who are holding these same picks in their portfolios. Investors such as Warren Buffett, Joel Greenblatt, Carl Icahn, Jim Simons, Prem Watsa, Jeremy Grantham, Seth Klarman, Ray Dalio, and Howard Marks.
The top investor data is provided from their latest 13F’s (dated 2018-6-30). This week we’ll take a look at:
MKS Instruments, Inc (NASDAQ: MKSI)
MKS Instruments Inc provides solutions to improve process performance and manufacturing productivity. Their products fall into three categories: instruments, control, and vacuum products; power and reactive gas products; and analytical solutions products. MKS generates the majority of its revenue from sales to semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers and semiconductor device manufacturers. The company’s operating segments comprise Manufacturing Capital Equipment, service, Asia Region Sales, and Other. The Manufacturing Capital Equipment segment contributes the majority of revenue. Over half of MKS Instruments’ sales occur in the United States.
A quick look at the price chart below for MKS Instruments shows us that the stock is down 24% in the past twelve months. We currently have the stock trading on an Acquirer’s Multiple of 7.37 which means that it remains undervalued.
(SOURCE: GOOGLE FINANCE)
Superinvestors who currently hold positions in MKS Instruments include:
Jim Simons – 1,393,902 total shares
Chuck Royce – 1,000,897 total shares
Ken Fisher – 574,609 total shares
Cliff Asness – 503,353 total shares
Joel Greenblatt – 84,234 total shares
Paul Tudor Jones – 47,686 total shares
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