Pitney Bowes Inc. (PBI), VeriFone Systems Inc (PAY): Here’s What This $36 Billion Money Manager Has Been Buying and Selling

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Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI)Every quarter, many money managers have to disclose what they’ve bought and sold, via 13F filings. Their latest moves can shine a bright light on smart stock picks.

Today let’s look at Robeco Investment Management, which is a U.S.-focused subsidiary of major Netherlands-based financial institution, Rabobank. It has three primary divisions: Boston Partners (value equity), Sage Capital (multi-manager strategies), and Weiss, Peck & Greer (fixed income, equity and alternatives). It has been in the news a bit lately, with Rabobank trying to sell its investment management business and some suitors, such as Australia’s Macquarie Group, not wanting all of the U.S.-based business.

Robeco Investment Management touts its flat management structure and focus on value equity investing. The company’s reportable stock portfolio totaled $36.3 billion in value as of June 30, 2013.

Interesting developments
So what does Robeco’s latest quarterly 13F filing tell us? Here are a few key details.

The biggest new holdings are Marathon Oil and Prudential Financial. Other new holdings of interest include Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), which just posted estimate-topping earnings, along with a drop in revenue and lowered guidance. It’s also selling its management service business for $400 million, as it focuses more intently on its core operations. Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) has been attracting income-seekers with a double-digit dividend yield, but it recently slashed that in half. Its remaining 5.2% yield is nothing to scoff at, though. Its legendary postage-meter business has not been thriving amid proliferating digital communications and it does carry considerable debt.

Among holdings in which Robeco Investment Management increased its stake was Windstream Corporation (NASDAQ:WIN), which has been known as a rural telecom company, but has been shifting its focus more toward broadband service and business customers. Still, it remains significantly a landline company, though one with a dividend yielding more than 12%! Its earnings have been shrinking in recent years, but it’s still generating solid free cash flow. Its investments in new revenue streams may ultimately pay off, too.

Robeco Investment Management reduced its stake in lots of companies, including the KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) bank, which has been performing well, but not perfectly (its net interest income is above average, for example). KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) has drawn some negative attention for its overdraft fees, too. The company has partnered with other big banks to develop mobile banking, and has just sold off its Victory Capital Management business. Its latest quarter featured a drop in earnings due to downsizing costs and acquisitions.

Finally, Robeco’s biggest closed positions included insurer Unum and Smithfield Foods. Other closed positions of interest include Nuverra Environmental Solutions Inc (NYSE:NES) and VeriFone Systems Inc (NYSE:PAY).

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