Here’s Why Cullen/Frost Bankers (CFR) was Eliminated in Third Avenue’s Holdings

Third Avenue Management, an investment management firm, published its “Small-Cap Value Fund” first quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 18.51% was recorded by the fund for the Q1 of 2021, below the Fund’s most relevant benchmark, Russell 2000 Value Index, that rose to 21.17% for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Third Avenue Management, in its Small-Cap Value Fund Q1 2021 investor letter, mentioned Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR), and shared their insights on the company. Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. is a San Antonio, Texas-based bank holding company that currently has a $7.7 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, CFR delivered a 39.48% return, extending its 12-month gains to 106.07%. As of May 11, 2021, the stock closed at $120.80 per share.

Here is what Third Avenue Management has to say about Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. in its Q1 2021 investor letter:

“Two positions were eliminated during the quarter (which includes) Cullen/Frost Bankers. Cullen/Frost has been a long-time holding of the Fund and has compounded book value at high rates over the holding period. The company’s market capitalization was approaching $7 billion when we exited the position. When market capitalizations of positions rise above $4 billion, Fund Management does not automatically sell, but when the risk-return tradeoff of a high-market capitalization position narrows, it makes doing so much easier, and that was the case with Cullen/Frost.”

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Our calculations show that Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE: CFR) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. was in 17 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 19 funds in the third quarter. CFR delivered a 22.24% return in the past 3 months.

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