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Should Value Investors Buy Deutsche Bank (DB) Stock?

Third Avenue Management recently released its Q1 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The Third Avenue Value Fund posted a return of -42.08% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the MSCI World Index which returned -20.95% in the same quarter. You should check out Third Avenue Management’s top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of the stock market crash.

In the said letter, Third Avenue Management highlighted a few stocks and Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:DB) is one of them. Deutsche Bank is an investment bank and financial services company. Year-to-date, Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:DB) stock gained 24.2% and on June 15th it had a closing price of $9.47. Here is what Third Avenue Management said:

“Deutsche Bank made substantial progress in its restructuring efforts during the last two years, including the formation of a Capital Release Unit (“CRU”). The CRU is essentially a pool of non-core assets and liabilities that are in liquidation but are currently trapping the associated capital while the bank winds down the CRU. CRU capital totals EUR 8.3 billion of shareholders equity and it is expected to be liberated over coming quarters. The plan is to redeploy half of that capital into other parts of the business and distribute the other half to shareholders beginning in 2022. Deutsche Bank also owns 79% of publicly listed asset manager DWS Group, which today has a market value today of EUR 3.6 billion. The entire market cap of Deutsche Bank itself is only EUR 12.3 billion today, which suggests that the entirety of Deutsche Bank’s actual operations, including Germany’s largest retail banking business, global corporate banking and global investment banking, have virtually zero value.”

In Q4 2019, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:DB) stock remained unchanged from the previous quarter (see the chart here). Our calculations showed that Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:DB) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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Video: Top 5 Stocks Among Hedge Funds

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