Jeffrey Smith‘s Starboard Value LP recently filed a Form 13D with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in which it reported the acquisition of 2.32 million common shares of Stewart Information Services Corp (NYSE:STC), which amass 9.9% of the company’s outstanding stock. The acquisition represents a new addition to Starboard Value’s portfolio. The famed activist hedge fund revealed in the filing that it currently has no plans related to activist measures regarding the company and that it purchased the shares on the belief that they are undervalued.
Stewart Information Services Corporation is a global real estate services company that works in three sectors: mortgage services, corporate, and title insurance and related services. Since the beginning of the year, the company’s shares have gained 24.3%. For the second quarter of 2016, the company reported earnings per share of $0.49 and revenue of 489.4 million, which represented declines from the earnings per share of $0.72 and revenue of $531.9 million that the company pulled in during the same quarter a year earlier. On July 22, FBR & Co boosted its price target on the stock to $46 from $37 and has a ‘Market Perform’ rating on it.
At the end of the second quarter, some of the investors in Insider Monkey’s database that were bullish on Stewart Information Services (NYSE:STC) included Phillip Goldstein, Andrew Dakos and Steven Samuels’ Bulldog Investors, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, and Sahm Adrangi’s Kerrisdale Capital. Some of the investment firms that added Stewart Information Services to their portfolios during the second quarter were Manoneet Singh’s Kavi Asset Management, which had a $9.45 million position in the company on June 30, and Robert Rodriguez and Steven Romick’s First Pacific Advisors LLC, which initiated a position worth $1.83 million.
You can access the original SEC filing by clicking here.
Ownership Summary Table
|Name||Sole Voting Power||Shared Voting Power||Sole Dispositive Power||Shared Dispositive Power||Aggregate Amount Owned Power||Percent of Class|
|STARBOARD VALUE AND OPPORTUNITY MASTER FUND LTD||1,726,345||0||1,726,345||0||1,726,345||7.4%|
|STARBOARD VALUE AND OPPORTUNITY S||216,790||0||216,790||0||216,790||Less than 1%|
|STARBOARD VALUE AND OPPORTUNITY C||119,970||0||119,970||0||119,970||Less than 1%|
|STARBOARD VALUE R||119,970||0||119,970||0||119,970||Less than 1%|
|STARBOARD VALUE R GP||119,970||0||119,970||0||119,970||Less than 1%|
|STARBOARD VALUE GP||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||9.9%|
|STARBOARD VALUE PRINCIPAL CO||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||9.9%|
|STARBOARD PRINCIPAL CO GP||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||9.9%|
|JEFFREY C. SMITH||0||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||2,315,000||9.9%|
|MARK R. MITCHELL||0||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||2,315,000||9.9%|
|PETER A. FELD||0||2,315,000||0||2,315,000||2,315,000||9.9%|
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