One Stock Superinvestors Are Selling

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As part of the weekly research here at The Acquirer’s Multiple we’re always interested in superinvestors who hold the same stocks that appear in our Acquirer’s Multiple Stock Screeners, based on their latest 13F’s. Investors such as Warren Buffett, Joel Greenblatt, Carl Icahn, Jim Simons, Prem Watsa, Jeremy Grantham, Seth Klarman, Ray Dalio, and Howard Marks.

While doing this research we’ve also uncovered a number of stocks that superinvestors have sold, or reduced in their portfolios, according to their latest 13f’s. So we’re now providing a new weekly feature article called ‘One Stock Superinvestors Are Selling‘. This week we’ll take a look at:

Alphabet Inc Class C (NASDAQ: GOOG)

Alphabet is a holding company, with Google, the Internet media giant, as a wholly owned subsidiary. Google generates 99% of Alphabet revenue, of which more than 85% is from online ads. Google’s other revenue is from sales of apps and content on Google Play and YouTube, as well as cloud service fees and other licensing revenue. Sales of hardware such as Chromebooks, the Pixel smartphone, and smart homes products, which include Nest and Google Home, also contribute to other revenue. Alphabet’s moonshot investments are in its other bets segment, where it bets on technology to enhance health (Verily), faster Internet access to homes (Google Fiber), self-driving cars (Waymo), and more. Alphabet’s operating margin has been 25%-30%, with Google at 30% and other bets operating at a loss.

A quick look at the price chart below for Alphabet shows us that the stock is up 26% in the past twelve months.

(Source: Morningstar)

Superinvestors who sold, or reduced Alphabet stock in their portfolios include:

(Remaining shares held)

Chris Davis – 789,371 shares

Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb – 514,126 shares

Cliff Asness – 358,598 shares

David Tepper – 334,000 shares

Steve Romick – 274,104 shares

Donald Yacktman – 233,953 shares

Seth Klarman – 214,680 shares

Ken Fisher – 193,897 shares

Lee Ainslie – 186,972 shares

Jeremy Grantham – 148,476 shares

Tweedy Browne – 118,746 shares

Mason Hawkins – 86,419 shares

Jim Simons – 60,085 shares

Ken Griffin – 17,153 shares

Rob Olstein – 8,300 shares

Murray Stahl – 5,722 shares

Charles Brandes – 4,522 shares

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