Billionaire Wilbur Ross’ Favorite Stocks: Navigator Holdings Ltd (NVGS), Talmer Bancorp Inc (TLMR), Sun Bancorp, Inc. /NJ (SNBC)

Billionaire Wilbur Ross made much of his wealth betting on distressed assets and bankruptcies. According to Forbes, the investment manager has a real-time net worth of $3.0 billion, ranking him 215 on the list of the wealthiest people in the United States. Wilbur Ross is the Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer for WL Ross & Co. LLC, private equity subsidiary of Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ). The investment firm reported a public equity portfolio worth $791.05 million in its latest 13F filing with the SEC. Invesco Private Capital‘s top four equity positions were in banking and finance companies, including Navigator Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NVGS), Talmer Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:TLMR), and Sun Bancorp, Inc. /NJ (NASDAQ:SNBC), and we’ll take a look at these stocks in this article.

INVESCO PRIVATE CAPITAL Wilbur Ross

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Wilbur Ross
Invesco Private Capital (WL Ross)

Navigator Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NVGS) is the top equity investment of Invesco Private Capital, which held 21.86 million shares valued at $414.10 million. The stock position accounts for 52.34% of the overall equity portfolio of the firm. Navigator Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NVGS) is an operator of handysize liquid gas carriers, with a fleet of approximately 26 carriers. The oil transport company announced its second quarter financial results on August 3, reporting earnings per share of $0.48 over revenues of $84.1 million. The market was expecting earnings per share of $0.46 on revenues of $73.3 million. Navigator Holdings Ltd (NYSE:NVGS) reported 10.6% year-over-year growth in its quarterly revenue. Among the hedge funds that we track at Insider Monkey, 15 had equity positions worth $497.65 million in the company at the end of the second quarter. Clint Carlson’s Carlson Capital was another major shareholder of the company, holding 999,669 shares valued at $18.93 million. Citadel Investment Group, led by Ken Griffin, sold out over 50% of its stake in the company, closing the quarter with 114,353 shares valued at $2.17 million.