Billionaire Steve Cohen’s SAC Has Been Buying Lamar Advertising Co (LAMR)

Page 1 of 2

Lamar Advertising (LAMR)A 13G filed with the SEC has disclosed that billionaire Steve Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors owns 4.2 million shares of Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR), giving the fund a 5.3% stake in the $4.1 billion market cap outdoor advertising company with a primary focus on billboard advertising. We track SAC’s quarterly 13F filings alongside those of hundreds of other hedge funds as part of our work developing investment strategies (we have found, for example, that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds generate an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year). According to our database, the fund owned 1.8 million shares at the beginning of April (see Cohen’s stock picks over time). Southeastern Asset Management, a mutual fund managed by billionaire Mason Hawkins, reported a position of 4.4 million shares in its 13F for the first quarter of 2013 (find Southeastern’s favorite stocks).

Last quarter Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR)’s revenues rose 6% compared to the first quarter of 2012, though operating income showed very little change as SGA expenses picked up considerably. Net losses were a little over $6 million, with Q1 generally being poor for Lamar. Trailing earnings are currently very low compared to the company’s market capitalization, and even with Wall Street analysts expecting a large increase in earnings per share over the next year and a half the forward P/E is 45.

Steven CohenThe buy case for Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR) for some time, however, has been the possibility of the company converting to a real estate investment trust. Real estate investment trusts receive favorable tax treatment conditional on distributing a large share of their taxable income to shareholders; as such , the conversion process is more tax efficient and generally also commits companies to pay a decent dividend yield (a factor which is in high demand in the current low interest rate environment). As it happens, an 8-K filed on June 6th by Iron Mountain revealed that the IRS may revise its working definition of “real estate” for the REIT approval process, a move which may signal that the agency will get tougher on prospective applicants such as Lamar seeking to take advantage of REITs’ favorable tax status. The stock price was down 4% as of this writing.

Lamar Advertising Co (NASDAQ:LAMR)’s closest peer is Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), which manages billboards, street furniture displays, and transit advertising displays. This company is actually unprofitable on a trailing basis, with the sell-side expecting net losses this year as well. With revenue flat in the first quarter of 2013 versus a year earlier, we would avoid the stock.

Page 1 of 2
blog comments powered by Disqus
Insider Monkey Headlines
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months Click to see monthly returns in table format!

Lists

Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd (QIHU), Actavis plc (ACT), Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Among 20 Long Ideas from Sohn Canada

The 10 Laziest Countries in the World

The 10 Most Polluted Countries in the World

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America 2014

The Top 10 Gold Producing Countries in the World

The 10 Tallest Buildings in the World

The 10 Richest Stand Up Comedians in the World

The 10 Fattest Countries in the World

The 5 Best Summer Jobs for Teens

The 10 Most Religious Countries in the World Keeping the Faith

The 10 Most Educated Countries in the World

The 10 Most Popular Cell Phones in the World

The 10 Drunkest Countries in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Private Schools in the World

The 10 Smallest Countries in the World

Walking Dead Season 5 Spoilers You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know

The 10 Poorest Countries in the World

The 10 Greenest Countries in the World

The Top 10 Countries with the Highest Population in the World

The 10 Most Visited Countries in the World

The Top 10 Star Wars Characters in the Iconic Series

The 10 Most Expensive Android Phones in the World

5 Reasons Why The Illuminati Is Real and a Threat to Society

The 6 Scariest Halloween Costumes Ever Screamed At

The 4 Biggest Hedge Fund Managers in the World Today

The 15 Most Densely Populated Countries in the World

The 10 Biggest Tea Drinking Countries in the World

Top 6 Ways to Improve Your Checkout Process and Close Sales

The 5 Most Profitable Online Businesses You Can Start Today

The 20 Most Profitable Hospitals in the US

The 5 Most Profitable Home Businesses to Start

The 7 Teams that Will Win the Stanley Cup in 2015

The Top 10 Most Expensive Digital Cameras to Snap Stunning Shots With

The 10 Highest Quality Fast Food Restaurants In America Today

The 8 Best Halloween Decorating Ideas to Spook Up Your House

10 Marvel Women that Should Get a Movie Right Now

The 20 Best Remixes of Popular Songs that Will Make You Forget the Originals

7 Most Expensive Cities in the World

5 Least Expensive Cities in the World

10 Celebrities Who Believe In Scientology

10 High Margin Food Products to Build a Business Around

The 10 Most Expensive Clothing Stores in the United States to Get Decked Out At

The 5 Biggest Kickstarter Scams That Swindled Backers’ Donations

The 10 Most Expensive Boarding Schools In the World

50 Crazy Facts About Japan You Won’t Believe

Top 10 Least Expensive Hybrid Cars to Save the Planet With

The 10 Biggest ‘Gate’ Controversies in History

The 10 States with the Highest Nursing Shortages Leaving Their Hospitals Depleted

The 10 Best Value Investment Blogs that Every Investor Must Read

The 6 Cheapest Boarding Schools in Europe 2015

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!