5 Stocks These Female Managers See Value In

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  • While they have different strategies, the two women have several holdings in common.

Catherine Wood (TradesPortfolio), the founder, chief investment officer and CEO of ARK Investment Management, has made a name for herself through investing in “disruptive innovation” stocks. Implementing an iterative process that combines top-down and bottom-up research, her New York-based firm seeks to invest in companies that may benefit from cross-sector innovations like artificial intelligence, robotics, energy storage, DNA sequencing and blockchain technology.

Comparatively, Causeway Capital’s Sarah Ketterer (TradesPortfolio) seeks to achieve superior risk-adjusted returns by investing in mispriced equities in both developed and emerging markets. The guru’s Los Angeles-based firm, which she founded with Harry Hartford in 2001, looks for potential opportunities among mid- and large-cap companies using quantitative and value-oriented methods. Each stock also receives a risk score based on the amount of volatility it adds to the portfolio. The investment team then enters positions in the stocks with the highest expected risk-adjusted returns that also have a lower price-earnings ratio and higher dividend yield than the market.

While the two gurus take different approaches to stock picking, they still have several holdings in common.

According to the Aggregated Portfolio, a Premium GuruFocus feature, the value investors both had positions in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMFinancial), General Electric Co GE . (GEFinancial), Meta Platforms Inc. (FBFinancial), JD.com Inc. (JDFinancial) and The Walt Disney Co DIS . (DISFinancial) as of the end of the third quarter.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing

Ketterer reduced her stake in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMFinancial) by 3.93% to 4.12 million shares during the quarter, while Wood left her position unchanged at 10 shares. They have a combined equity portfolio weight of 10.35% in the stock.

The Taiwanese company, which manufactures semiconductor chips, has a $742.98 billion market cap; its shares were trading around $142.17 on Thursday with a price-earnings ratio of 32.59, a price-book ratio of 8.92 and a price-sales ratio of 12.28.

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The GF Value Line VALU suggests the stock is significantly overvalued currently based on historical ratios, past performance and future earnings projections.

Taiwan Semiconductor’s financial strength was rated 7 out of 10 by GuruFocus. Although the company has issued approximately 424.2 billion New Taiwan dollars ($15.4 billion) in new long-term debt over the past three years, it is manageable due to a comfortable level of interest coverage. The robust Altman Z-Score of 10.3 indicates the company is in good standing even though assets are building up at a faster rate than revenue is growing. The return on invested capital also eclipses the weighted average cost of capital, suggesting good value creation is occurring as the company grows.

The company’s profitability scored a 9 out of 10 rating, driven by an expanding operating margin as well as strong returns on equity, asset and capital that top a majority of competitors. It also has a moderate Piotroski F-Score of 5 out of 9, meaning conditions are typical for a stable company. Taiwan Semiconductor’s consistent revenue and earnings growth contributed to a predictability rank of 3.5 out of five stars. According to GuruFocus, companies with this rank return an average of 9.3% annually over a 10-year period.

GuruFocus says Ketterer has gained an estimated 185.38% on her long-held investment and Wood has seen a return of around 43.53% on her holding since the first quarter of 2018.

Of the gurus invested in Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Ken Fisher (TradesPortfolio)has the largest stake with 0.49% of its outstanding shares. Frank Sands (TradesPortfolio), First Eagle Investment (TradesPortfolio), Baillie Gifford (TradesPortfolio), Ruane Cunniff (TradesPortfolio) and Spiros Segalas (TradesPortfolio), among others, also have significant positions in the stock.

General Electric

Ketterer entered a 1 million-share stake in General Electric (GEFinancial) during the quarter, while Wood boosted her holding by 22.54% to 55,649 shares. The combined equity portfolio weight is 2.33%.

The industrial conglomerate headquartered in Boston, which recently announced it will be splitting into three separate companies, has a market cap of $113.17 billion; its shares were trading around $103.06 on Thursday with a price-earnings ratio without non-recurring items of 47.76, a price-book ratio of 3.03 and a price-sales ratio of 1.44.

According to the GF Value Line, the stock is significantly overvalued currently.

GuruFocus rated General Electric’s financial strength 3 out of 10 on the back of low debt-related ratios and an Altman Z-Score of 1.44 that warns it could be at risk of going bankrupt. The ROIC is also being overshadowed by the WACC, meaning the company is struggling to create value.

The company’s profitability scored a 5 out of 10 rating as its margins and returns are underperforming a majority of industry peers. GE is supported, though, by a moderate Piotroski F-Score of 4. As a result of revenue per share declining in recent years, however, the one-star predictability rank is on watch. GuruFocus says companies with this rank return an average of 1.1% annually.

GuruFocus data shows Ketterer has lost an estimated 8.04% on her investment so far, while Wood has generated a 3.23% return.

With a 1.54% stake, Andreas Halvorsen (TradesPortfolio) is General Electric’s largest guru shareholder. Other top guru investors include Hotchkis & Wiley, Richard Pzena (TradesPortfolio), the T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund (TradesPortfolio) and Nelson Peltz (TradesPortfolio).

Meta Platforms

In the third quarter, Wood trimmed her Meta Platforms (FBFinancial) position by 27.4% to 210,084 shares, while Ketterer increased her holding by 9.11% to 257,700 shares. The gurus have a combined equity portfolio weight of 2.14% in the stock.

Having recently changed its name from Facebook, the Menlo Park, California-based social media company has a $921.65 billion market cap; its shares were trading around $331.32 on Thursday with a price-earnings ratio of 23.64, a price-book ratio of 6.94 and a price-sales ratio of 8.48.

Based on the GF Value Line, the stock appears to be modestly undervalued currently.

Meta Platforms’ financial strength was rated 7 out of 10 by GuruFocus, driven by a comfortable level of interest coverage and a robust Altman Z-Score of 18.01. The ROIC also exceeds the WACC, suggesting the company is creating value as it grows.

The company’s profitability fared even better with a 9 out of 10 rating. Despite recording a decline in its operating margin, Meta is supported by strong returns that top a majority of competitors as well as a moderate Piotroski F-Score of 6. Steady earnings and revenue growth contributed to a five-star predictability rank. GuruFocus data shows companies with this rank return, on average, 12.1% annually.

GuruFocus estimates Ketterer has gained 2.45% on her investment since the second quarter of 2021, while Wood’s has returned roughly 18.86% since being established in the second quarter of 2019.

Baillie Gifford (TradesPortfolio) is Meta’s largest guru shareholder with a 0.28% stake. Fisher, Sands, Chase Coleman (TradesPortfolio), Dodge & Cox, Segalas, First Eagle, Steve Mandel (TradesPortfolio) and many other gurus also own shares of Meta Platforms.

JD.com

While Wood reduced her stake in JD.com (USB) by 61.76% during the third quarter to 2.4 million shares, Ketterer curbed her position by 33.71% to 1.03 million shares. Together, the gurus have a combined equity portfolio weight of 2.09%.

The Chinese e-commerce company has a market cap of $113.50 billion; its shares were trading around $72.98 on Thursday with a price-earnings ratio of 29.62, a price-book ratio of 3.41 and a price-sales ratio of 0.84.

The GF Value Line suggests the stock is fairly valued currently.

GuruFocus rated JD.com’s financial strength 7 out of 10 on the back of adequate interest coverage and a high Altman Z-Score of 4.21. The WACC, however, supasses the ROIC, suggesting issues with creating value.

The company’s profitability did not fare as well, scoring a 4 out of 10 rating. Even though returns top over half of its industry peers, the operating margin is underperforming versus other companies. JD.com also has a moderate Piotroski F-Score of 6, meanings business conditions are stable.

According to GuruFocus, Wood has lost an estimated 16.90% on her investment. Ketterer has gained approximately 77.23% since the third quarter of 2019.

Of the gurus invested in JD.com, Coleman has the largest stake with 3.29% of its outstanding shares. Chris Davis (TradesPortfolio), Dodge & Cox, Philippe Laffont (TradesPortfolio), Halvorsen and Fisher also have significant stakes.

Walt Disney

During the quarter, Ketterer decreased her Walt Disney (DISFinancial) holding by 14.68% to 461,244 shares. Wood increased her position by 158.44% to 393,879 shares. The two gurus have a combined equity portfolio weight of 1.92% in the stock.

The media and entertainment giant, which is headquartered in Burbank, California, has a $284.59 billion market cap; its shares were trading around $156.57 on Thursdaywith a price-earnings ratio of 143.64, a price-book ratio of 3.22 and a price-sales ratio of 4.24.

According to the GF Value Line, the stock is modestly overvalued currently.

Disney’s financial strength was rated 4 out of 10 by GuruFocus. As a result of issuing approximately $11.2 billion in new long-term debt over the past three years, the company has poor interest coverage. The Altman Z-Score of 2.25 also indicates the company is under some pressure. It is also struggling to create value since the ROIC has fallen below the WACC.

The company’s profitability scored a 7 out of 10 rating. Although margins are declining and returns underperform over half of its competitors, Disney has a moderate Piotroski F-Score of 6. Despite recording losses in operating income and declines in revenue per share, it also has a one-star predictability rank.

Ketterer has gained an estimated 36.77% on the investment since the first quarter of 2020 based on GuruFocus data, while Wood has lost 12.5% since the second quarter of 2021.

With a 0.61% stake, Fisher is Disney’s largest guru shareholder. Other top guru investors include Laffont, Daniel Loeb (TradesPortfolio), Diamond Hill Capital (TradesPortfolio), PRIMECAP Management (TradesPortfolio), Ruane Cunniff (TradesPortfolio) and Yacktman Asset Management (TradesPortfolio).

Other common holdings and portfolio composition

Additional stocks that both gurus held as of Sept. 30, 2021 were Baidu Inc. (BIDUFinancial), Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. (TAKFinancial), MercadoLibre Inc. MELI (MELIFinancial), Pinduoduo Inc. PDD (PDDFinancial) and InMode Ltd. (INMDFinancial).

Wood’s $41.63 billion equity portfolio, which is composed of 298 stocks, is largely invested in the health care and technology sectors.

Ketterer’s $4.44 billion equity portfolio, which is composed of 81 stocks, is heavily invested in the technology, industrials and consumer cyclical sectors.

Disclosures

I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

The views of this author are solely their own opinion and are not endorsed or guaranteed by GuruFocus.com.

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