Tweedy Browne’s Top Stocks (Part I): Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO)

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Tweedy Browne is one of the successful investment partnerships that was featured in Warren Buffett’s Graham-Doddsville Superinvestors article. As of December 2012, the fund concentrated a lot of its money in its top six holdings, including Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), Devon Energy Corp (NYSE:DVN), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) and Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM). In this article, we will dig deeper into both Johnson & Johnson and Cisco Systems to see whether or not investors should follow Tweedy Browne into these stocks.

A Global Leading Healthcare Company

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is one of the biggest global companies involved in the research, development, manufacture, and sale of health care products. It has around 275 operating companies in 60 countries, with three main business segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices. The majority of its revenue, $27.4 billion, or 40.7% of the total sales, was generated from the Medical Devices segment. The Pharmaceutical segment ranked second with $25.35 billion in sales, while the Consumer segment generated nearly $14.45 billion in revenue in 2012.

Pre-tax Operating Margin
Consumer 11.76%
Pharmaceutical 23.70%
Medical Devices 26.20%

Among the three, the Medical Devices segment is the most profitable with 26.2% pre-tax operating margin, while the least profitable segment was Consumer, with only 11.76% operating margin.

Johnson & Johnson has quite a sustainable operating performance record. In the past 10 years, while the revenue has increased from $41.86 billion in 2003 to $67.2 billion in 2012, the EPS rose from $2.40 per share to $3.86 per share in the same period. The dividend is also on the rise, from $0.93 per share to $2.40 per share. Interestingly, the company has a quite conservative balance sheet. As of September 2012, it booked $64.28 billion in total stockholders’ equity, more than $21 billion in cash, and only $16 billion in both short and long term debt.

As of December 2012, Tweedy Browne owned more than 4.36 million shares in the company, with a total value of $306 million, accounting for 8.9% of its total portfolio. With the current trading price of $76.32 per share, Johnson & Johnson is worth more than $213 billion on the market. It is valued at nearly 9.9 times EV/EBITDA.

A Global Leader in Networking and IT Industry

The second largest position in Tweedy Browne’s portfolio was Cisco. The company is the designer and manufacturer of Internet Protocol based networking and other communications and information technology products. Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) has a diverse customer base, as no single customer represented about 10% or more of its net sales. The majority of its revenue, $14.5 billion, or 40% of total sales, was generated from the sales of switching product category. NGN Routing product category ranked second, with $8.43 billion in total sales in 2012. According to IDC, Cisco was the global leader in the Ethernet Switch market, with more than 62% market share. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ) ranked second, with only 9.3% of the total market.

Source: IDC

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