The Walt Disney Company (DIS), American Tower Corp (AMT): Three Stocks Billionaire Ken Griffin Is Bullish On

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Citadel Investment Group is a hedge fund managed by billionaire Ken Griffin. This hedge fund deploys capital in multiple investments, from equity, to commodities, to real estate. The company filed its 13F with the SEC in March 2013, naming 7,146 companies in its portfolio, listed in various exchanges. The total market cap of its investments stood at $66.27 billion as of March 31, 2013.

Citadel’s top 10 holdings constitute 4.83% of the total portfolio.  Now, Ken Griffin is a serious investor, so lets discuss his top 3 holdings. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT), and Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) may operate in different markets, but they all have sound strategies to accelerate growth.

The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)

Domestic growth opportunities ahead

American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT)’s rental segment accounted for 97% of the company’s revenue, with growth of 13.7% in first quarter of this year.  Due to heavy deployment of 4G networks by telecommunications companies, the company has an opportunity to increase its tower revenue in the U.S.  4G networks require voice-over-LTE, or VoLTE, for which additional equipment needs to be installed on towers. VoLTE is a wireless technology that provides long battery life, more speedy data transmissions, and better video calls.

This new technology will raise demand of the company’s leasing tower sites. Total towers are expected to rise in the U.S. market from 22,534 in 2012 to 22,749 by the end of current year. The company is expecting to generate rental income of $2.105 billion this year.

American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT)’s conversion into a real estate investment trust, or REIT, will be highly beneficial to investors. After the merger with its wholly-owned subsidiary, American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT) REIT, the company will distribute 90% of its earnings as dividends annually. Distribution of earnings will reduce the tax burden of the company and will also increase investors’ confidence. The company declared its last quarterly dividend on May 22, 2013 of $0.27 per share, yielding 1.4% growth year over year. American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT) is hoping for 20% annual growth in dividend distributions over the next five years.

U.S. recovery brings growth opportunities

Rebounding real estate prices are attracting international investors to the U.S. market. This market generated a 6.7% return on investment in the first quarter of this year. Investors from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East invested up to $7.97 billion in the U.S. real estate sector as of April 2013, almost 25% higher than 2012.

Estimates indicate that real estate business in the U.S. market will rise from $290 billion last year to $310 billion this year. The company is estimated to generate higher revenue, as it invested 93% of its total funds in the real estate segment and of this 44% was invested in the U.S.

Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ)’s broad diversification and capital deployment in different segments fueled revenue growth of 5.2% in the first quarter this year. The real estate market recovery in the U.S., and increased fees were the main profit drivers. To gain investors’ confidence, the company announced its quarterly dividend on May 17, 2013 of $0.22, which was a 30% hike from its prior dividend declared in February 2013.

The recovery of the real estate sector in the U.S. market has led Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) to the management of $52 billion in assets as of March 2013.  Estimates suggest that the company will generate overall revenue of up to $4.74 billion by the end of this year.

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