Dear Valued Visitor,

We have noticed that you are using an ad blocker software.

Although advertisements on the web pages may degrade your experience, our business certainly depends on them and we can only keep providing you high-quality research based articles as long as we can display ads on our pages.

To view this article, you can disable your ad blocker and refresh this page or simply login.

We only allow registered users to use ad blockers. You can sign up for free by clicking here or you can login if you are already a member.

Canadian Billionaire Prem Watsa Still Likes Blackberry, IBM

Prem Watsa, popularly known as the Warren Buffett of Canada, is the founder of Fairfax Financial Holdings. Born in India, Watsa graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology. He later completed an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Watsa began his career at Confederation Life and, in 1984, Watsa and his former boss began an investment firm called Hamblin Watsa Investment Counsel. By 1985, Watsa took full charge of the company and renamed it Fairfax Financial Holdings.

Based out of Toronto, Fairfax Financial’s equity portfolio is valued at around $1.53 billion as of the end of June. The portfolio is heavily invested in the Technology sector, which represents 67% of the total portfolio value at the end of the second quarter. Fairfax had another 14% invested in the Financial sector and 11% of the portfolio was represented by Materials stocks. In this article, we will focus on some of Fairfax Financial’s major holdings, including BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM), Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc (NYSE:KW), Resolute Forest Products Inc (NYSE:RFP), and Inc (NASDAQ:OSTK). In addition, we are going to take a look at what is the general hedge fund sentiment towards these stocks.

At Insider Monkey, we track around 740 hedge funds and institutional investors. Through extensive backtests, we have determined that imitating some of the stocks that these investors are collectively bullish on can help retail investors generate double digits of alpha per year. The key is to focus on the small-cap picks of these funds, which are usually less followed by the broader market and allow for larger price inefficiencies (see more details about our small-cap strategy).

Prem Watsa

BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) remained Fairfax Financial’s largest holding at the end of the second quarter. Fairfax held around 46.72 million shares of BlackBerry at the end of the quarter, unchanged from the previous one, while the value of the holding amounted to $313.14 million, accounting for 20.50% of the equity portfolio. In addition, Fairfax Financial also held 500,000,000 shares of BlackBerry through a Promissory Note valued at $495.7 million at the end of June. Fairfax Financial first initiated a position in the smartphone maker in the third quarter of 2010. Although Fairfax Financial is extremely bullish on BlackBerry, the stock has fallen by nearly 22% so far this year. Last month, Raymond James released a bullish note on BlackBerry, highlighting the launch of the company’s second Android-powered smartphone, the DTEK50. Raymond James analyst Steven Li described the launch as a positive as there is minimum risk for the company since it is not designing nor making the phone itself. However, Li noted that there is an upside to the launch since it could create a new market for secured Android, something BlackBerry can license to other makers. Raymond James also raised its rating on the stock to ‘Outperform’ from ‘Market Perform’ and boosted the price target to $10.50 from $8. At the end of the second quarter, 20 funds we track held $529.87 million worth of BlackBerry shares, down from  24 funds holding $673.72 million worth of stock a quarter earlier.

Follow Blackberry Ltd (NASDAQ:BB)
Trade (NASDAQ:BB) Now!

International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) is another stock that Fairfax Financial has a large position in. According to the fund’s 13F filing, it held 1.36 million shares of International Business Machines (unchanged over the quarter) worth $206.80 million at the end of June. International Business Machines accounted for 13.54% of the 13F portfolio value. International Business Machines is seen as a value stock, offering a dividend yield of 3.63%. International Business Machines is scheduled to release its third-quarter results on October 17 and the consensus forecast for earnings is at $3.23 per share, while revenue is estimated at $19 billion. A total of 53 of the funds in our database were long International Business Machines at the end of the second quarter, holding $14 billion in stock in aggregate of or 9.60% of the total outstanding shares, compared to 53 funds holding $14.16 billion worth of shares at the end of the previous quarter.

Follow International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM)
Trade (NYSE:IBM) Now!

DOWNLOAD FREE REPORT: Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks

Let Warren Buffett, George Soros, Steve Cohen, and Daniel Loeb WORK FOR YOU.

If you want to beat the low cost index funds by 19 percentage points per year, look no further than our monthly newsletter.In this free report you can find an in-depth analysis of the performance of Warren Buffett's entire historical stock picks. We uncovered Warren Buffett's Best Stock Picks and a way to for Buffett to improve his returns by more than 4 percentage points per year.

Bonus Biotech Stock Pick: You can also find a detailed bonus biotech stock pick that we expect to return more than 50% within 12 months.
Subscribe me to Insider Monkey's Free Daily Newsletter
This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.