Jan 24 2014, 10:26am CST | by Forbes
One of our favorite “deep value screens” not only identifies cheap stocks, but also situations where a rich, influential investor has taken a significant stake. As a shareholder, the presence of this type of investor can mean you have a partner on your side, working everyday to push management to unlock value in the company.
Selecting deep value stocks, with the presence of an influential investor that is hell-bent on unlocking value, is a very powerful formula. It’s especially powerful when we find situations where the big investor is down on his investment. That tends to raise their sense of urgency and their aggressiveness with management.
Here are four stocks that currently meet these criteria:
1) J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (JCP) – Billionaire David Tepper owns JCPenney at much higher price than where JCP currently trades today. According to my estimate the average price Tepper paid for JC Penney is around $10 a share. If you bought JC Penney today you are getting a 34% discount to what billionaire David Tepper paid for his shares.
1) Transocean (RIG) – Billionaire Carl Icahn owns almost 6% of this oil and gas exploration company. Icahn’s average cost is $50. The stock currently sells for $47. This means you are getting a 6% discount to what Icahn paid for this stock. To even sweeten the deal, RIG currently pays a 5% dividend.
3) Sony Corp (SNE) –The average price Billionaire Dan Loeb paid for Sony is more than $18 a share. If you bought Sony today you are getting a 5% discount to what Loeb paid for his shares. Moreover, Sony is selling at distressed valuation levels. It has a price-to-sales of 0.19 and price-to-book of 0.61.
4) Hologic, Inc. (HOLX) – Two top Billionaire Activists own more than 10% of this healthcare stock. The two Billionaires, Carl Icahn and Ralph Whitman of Relational Investors paid an average cost of $23.10 for Hologic. That means if you buy Hologic today you are buying it at 6% discount to what these top Billionaire Investors paid for their shares.
Source: Forbes Business
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