Swift Run Capital Management’s Top Stock Picks for Q4

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Swift Run Capital Management, led by Tim Mullen, has recently filed its latest 13F with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended September 30, disclosing an equity portfolio valued at around $191.44 million. During the third quarter, the fund started new positions in three companies and it upped its stakes in more than 15 companies. The filing also showed that Swift Run Capital reduced its positions in over 14 companies during the quarter. In this article, we will analyze the fund’s top holdings in terms of value for the last quarter.

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#5 Beneficial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BNCL)

Shares held (as of September 30): 685,140

Total Value (as of September 30): $9.09 million

Percent of Portfolio (as of September 30): 4.75%

Beneficial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BNCL) is a diversified financial services company that provides consumer and commercial banking services. Swift Run Capital upped its position in the company from 680,640 shares disclosed a quarter earlier. Beneficial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BNCL)’s stock is trading up 12.55% year-to-date. Last month, Beneficial Bancorp agreed to acquire Conestoga Bancorp’s ownership interest in Conestoga Bank, which will subsequently be merged into Beneficial Bank, a subsidiary of Beneficial Bancorp. The transaction is valued at 160% of Conestoga Bank’s tangible book value at closing, but will not be greater than $105 million, according to a statement. The deal is expected to close during the first or second quarter of 2016. Beneficial Bancorp Inc (NASDAQ:BNCL)’s third quarter income declined to $5.8 million, or $0.07 per share, compared to $6.5 million, or $0.08 per share, in a year ago period. In its most recent 13F, Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, disclosed ownership of 11,102 shares of Beneficial Bancorp.

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#4 American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG)

Shares held (as of September 30): 414,334

Total Value (as of September 30): $9.41 million

Percent of Portfolio (as of September 30): 4.91%

Swift Run Capital slightly increased its position in insurance giant American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) from 412,424 shares during the third quarter. The insurance giant posted a loss of $231 million, or $0.18 per share for the last quarter, compared to an income of $2.2 billion, or $1.52 per share, delivered a year earlier. The total number of hedge funds, among those we track, that were holding American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG) at the end of second quarter slipped to 99 compared to 101 funds at the end of the first quarter. However, the aggregate value of their investments rose to $11.40 billion compared to $10.65 billion held in shares at the end of the first quarter. Shares of American International Group Inc (NYSE:AIG)’s stock have gained 8.98% year-to-date. Richard S. Pzena’s Pzena Investment Management holds 8.18 million shares of American International Group as of September 30.

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On the next page, we will talk about Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB) and two other top stocks.

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