Founded in 2005 by Nelson Peltz, Peter May and Ed Garden, Trian Partners manages more than $13 billion worth of assets and is one of the most famous activist investment firms in the world. Mr. Peltz and his team tend to focus on consumer, industrial and financial companies, in particular conglomerates, and maintain a very concentrated equity portfolio. The fund’s U.S. equity portfolio totaled just seven long positions on June 30, that carried a market value of $10.5 billion, with consumer staples stocks accounting for three of the seven holdings, while two positions were claimed by stocks from the industrial sector.
One of the most noteworthy moves made by the fund during the quarter was the unwinding of its stake in Legg Mason Inc (NYSE:LM), a company that Mr. Peltz and his team helped turn around. We’ll take a look at that, plus another position that was closed during the quarter, as well as detail the fund’s top-three positions at the end of June.
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Has Tiffany Lost Its Shine?
We’ll kick things off with Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF), one of Trian Partners’ oldest positions, but one which the fund exited during the second quarter, disposing of the 14,260 shares that it had held on March 31. According to the Wall Street Journal, the stock returned approximately 60% while Trian Partners was invested in it. Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF)’s recent woes are part of an industry-wide slump that saw 2015 sales fall by 3%, while operating margins declined as well. As a result, shares were recently changing hands at a forward P/E multiple of 17, one of the stock’s lowest valuations ever. Still, the company managed to deliver solid free cash flow, providing a sturdy foundation for its annual dividend of $1.60 per share, which provides investors with a 2.4% yield. Harris Associates, run by Natixis Global Asset Management, reduced its stake in Tiffany & Co. (NYSE:TIF) by 4% to 4.57 million shares valued at $277 million during the second quarter.
Out With The Old
Legg Mason Inc (NYSE:LM) is another stock that Nelson Peltz and his team said goodbye to during the second quarter. According to its 13F filing, Trian Partners dumped the 11 million shares that it had ownership of on March 31. Nelson Peltz first became interested in Legg Mason in 2009 and went on to join the company’s Board of Directors. He stepped down in 2014 after he managed to push for a major managerial change in 2012 that helped the company put to turn around investor outflows. So far this year, Legg Mason Inc (NYSE:LM)’s stock has been wobbling around without a clear direction, and is currently down by 11% for the year. In its most recent quarterly report, the company posted net income of $33.5 million, or $0.31 per share, down by 65% year-over-year, though topping analysts’ projections of $0.25 per share. Veteran fund manager Bill Miller, who ran the $1.3 billion Legg Mason Opportunity Trust, has announced his departure from the firm amid weak results.
Turn the page to take a look at Trian’s top holdings heading into the third quarter.