David Einhorn: Sometimes You Just Need To Own The ‘Now’ Stocks

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This article on FT discusses one of David Einhorn’s comments from the recent Simplify ETF’s event in which he discusses the need to own the ‘now’ stocks even though he doesn’t understand why they’re good investments. Here’s an excerpt from the article (h/t to Cundhill Capital):

We were long a retailer called Dillard’s for a number of years. It’s not a great business, but they make some money and they own all of their real estate and it’s pretty unlevered and they were buying back stock. And pretty much you had the employees own the stock and the family own the stock and you got to the point where there’s pretty much no stock left and they really kind of bought it all back and after years and years of the stock underperforming, suddenly it went up 600 per cent.

And that is the kind of thing that can happen to some of these other companies that are going to buy back 15, 20, 25 per cent of their stock for the next two or three or four years. Eventually there’s going to be so few shares left and the index funds will have given up or whatnot. And then you’ll have a rerating.

The thing is, you just don’t know when that’s going to happen. It’s a $200 a share today or something close to that, it was $60 before COVID, and it was $30 at the bottom of COVID, so it’s more than tripled since then. Their business isn’t materially different or better than it was, but it was probably undervalued by 3x when it was hated pre-COVID because there were very few shares outstanding than had been reduced consistently over time, and there were still some sales and some profits. And, you know, I think the stock probably just got over done.

There’s a lot of nihilism out there. Some people think they’re being more practical than others. What I mean by that is people say this is where we are right now and so these are the kinds of things that you need to own and they will go up and you should own them. I have trouble with it because I don’t really understand why they’re good investments. And they’ve done much better than I’ve done, because they’ve owned things that should be owned right now.

The way I look at it now is there’s an off chance that owning a share of stock still represents a proportional ownership in the cash flows and profits of that company. And on that off chance, I’m positioned to do very well if that proves to be the case.

You can read the entire article here:

FT: David Einhorn Nihilism

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