Mason Hawkins’ Firm Bets Big on Eastman Kodak Co

Mason Hawkins (Trades, Portfolio)’ Southeastern Asset Management has discovered a substantial improve in their keeping of Eastman Kodak Co. (NYSE:KODK).

The organization, led by Hawkins since 1975, can take a worth-targeted method to investing. It seeks to obtain superior very long-expression overall performance by obtaining equity securities in understandable enterprises with solid harmony sheets, operate by able management and buying and selling at less than intrinsic worth.

In accordance to Serious-Time Picks, a High quality GuruFocus attribute, the organization obtained an extra 18.85 million shares in two independent purchases on Sept. ten. The shares had been ordered for an average price tag of $5.eighty two for every share. General, the purchases represented a 3.96{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644} impression on the portfolio.


Hawkins’ organization has held shares of the enterprise since the third quarter of 2016. In 2017, the organization boosted its stake in the enterprise by 651.52{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644} with the purchase of four.thirty million shares. The keeping remained at that degree all through the very last 3 many years. The latest two purchases amplified the keeping by nicely around 300{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644} and introduced the new full of shares held to 23.84 million.

GuruFocus estimates that the organization has misplaced eight.38{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644} on the keeping all through the period of ownership.

Eastman Kodak operates by way of a number of business segments: print techniques, company Inkjet techniques, Kodak software, brand, movie and imaging, sophisticated materials and 3D printing technology. The print techniques section, which contributes around half of full income, provides electronic and standard items and solutions to several enterprises, these kinds of as commercial print and e book publishing.

The enterprise introduced options before this 12 months to changeover its U.S. plants to the output of prescribed drugs. Together with the prepared changeover arrived a federal personal loan upwards of $765 million to help in the changeover and output. The enterprise noticed a huge valuation improve with the announcement in advance of negative allegations arose close to insider buying and selling in the days prior to securing the personal loan.

As of Sept. 11, shares had been buying and selling at $six.29 with a current market cap of $473.79 million. In accordance to the Peter Lynch Chart, the enterprise was buying and selling under its intrinsic worth from the second half of 2017 as a result of 2018.

058f5b7b642fcf18a87e8a7d50688ba7.pngGuruFocus provides the enterprise a fiscal power ranking of four out of ten and a profitability rank of 3 out of ten. The GuruFocus Benefit chart shows that the enterprise is considerably overvalued and there are 4 extreme warning symptoms issued for small Piotroski F-Rating, declining gross margin percentage, declining income for every share and an Altman Z-Rating placing the enterprise in distress. The enterprise has observed negative dollars flows around the bulk of the very last ten years.


Hawkins’ organization is at this time the major shareholder with a whopping 31.forty seven{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644} of shares remarkable. Other major shareholders involve Vanguard Team Inc. (Trades, Portfolio)(one.87{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644}), BlackRock Inc. (Trades, Portfolio)(one.55{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644}), Geode Capital Management, LLC. (Trades, Portfolio)(.forty four{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644}) and Northern Have confidence in Corp. (Trades, Portfolio)(.thirty{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644}).

Portfolio overview

General, Hawkins’ organization is invested in 29 stocks with a single new keeping as of the conclusion of the second quarter. By sector weight, it is most invested in communication solutions (29.seventy seven{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644}), industrials (19.05{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644}) and power (12.55{2e54b6599e2852fcddcb96c51aef71201c0435684ebd8fbda55b4c693aab2644}).


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