Top 10 Stock Picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital

In this article, we discuss the top 10 stock picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital based on Q2 holdings of the fund. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of Bauer’s history, investment philosophy, and hedge fund performance, go directly to the Top 5 Stock Picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital.

Jon Bauer holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Rutgers College (with Honors). Mr. Bauer has 35 years of experience in actively and passively investing in distressed stocks. He helped form the Trade Claims Buyers Association and served on several bank debt, bond, and trade claims committees. In addition, he has been on the boards of directors of several businesses, including International Coal and Special Metals Corp.

Jon Bauer, Janice Stanton, and Gil Tenzer founded Contrarian Capital in 1995. The trio had previously worked together at Oppenheimer & Co., managing money and seeing opportunities in failed businesses. Bauer founded the company’s Distressed Securities Group and served as its leader. Today, Contrarian is still interested in distressed investments. In the second quarter of 2021, Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital 13F public stock portfolio was valued at $675.75 million, with a top 10 holdings concentration of 92.19%. The hedge fund added four stocks to its portfolio in the second quarter of 2021 and sold out two stocks.

Jon Bauer aspires to have a diverse portfolio. His hedge fund invests in small and big companies with excellent fundamentals and the potential to grow in the future. Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), Valaris Limited (NYSE:VAL), and Carnival Corp (NYSE:CCL) are among these firms.

Jon Bauer is bullish on oil and gas company Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE:PBR). He increased his stake in the company by 29% in the second quarter, ending the period with 7.52 million company shares, worth $91.97 million.

Based on the latest 13F holdings for the second quarter of 2021, Contrarian Capital owns 200,000 shares in Carnival Corp (NYSE:CCL) worth $5.27 million in the second quarter of 2021. On October 25, Citi analyst James Ainley initiated bearish coverage on Carnival Corp.

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With this background in mind, let’s start our list of top 10 stock picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital. We used Bauer’s 13F portfolio for Q2 2021 for this analysis.

Top 10 Stock Picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital

10. Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO)

Contrarian Capital Stake Value: $12,374,000

 

Percentage of Contrarian Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 1.83%

 

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 27

An outdoor advertising company, Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) stands tenth on the list of top 10 stock picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital.

Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) reported third-quarter EPS of -$0.27, missing consensus expectations of $0.05. However, the company’s revenue of $531.08 million managed to beat consensus forecasts by $31.26 million, up 68.7% YoY.

Based on Contrarian Capital’s SEC 13F filings at the end of the second quarter, it currently owns 4.69 million shares of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) worth $12.37 million. The company accounts for 1.83% of Contrarian Capital’s total portfolio. Mason Capital Management is the leading stakeholder of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), which owns 22.02 million shares.

9. Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:VLRS)

Contrarian Capital Stake Value: $14,408,000

 

Percentage of Contrarian Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 2.13%

 

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 16

Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:VLRS), which operates in the air transportation and associated services industry, ranks ninth on the list of top 10 stock picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital. In the second quarter of 2021, Contrarian Capital owned 750,000 shares in the company worth $14.41 million. This represented 2.13% of the investment portfolio of the hedge fund.

Overall, hedge funds are loading up on Controladora, as 16 out of the 873 funds tracked by Insider Monkey held stakes in the company, compared to 14 funds a quarter earlier. As a result, the company’s stock has gained a whopping 130.33% over the last 12 months.

Just like Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), Valaris Limited (NYSE:VAL), and Carnival Corp (NYSE:CCL), Controladora Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:VLRS) is one of the notable stocks in Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital’s 13F portfolio in Q2.

8. Valaris Limited (NYSE:VAL)

Contrarian Capital Stake Value: $26,127,000

 

Percentage of Contrarian Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 3.86%

 

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 29

Valaris Limited (NYSE:VAL), a business specializing in oil and gas well drilling, was awarded a two-year contract for the drillship VALARIS DS-9 by Esso Exploration Angola, an ExxonMobil affiliate. The company is placed eighth on the list of top 10 stock picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital.

Valaris is the latest addition to Jon Bauer’s hedge fund portfolio, with Contrarian Capital purchasing 904,674 shares for $26.13 million.

Shares of Valaris surged 36.01% in the last 12 months. The company is also getting the attention of the smart money, as 29 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey reported owning stakes in the company at the end of the second quarter.

7. Arch Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ARCH)

Contrarian Capital Stake Value: $29,927,000

 

Percentage of Contrarian Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 4.42%

 

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 28

On October 4, B. Riley raised its price target on Arch Resources to $120 from $87 and maintained a “Buy” rating on the shares.

The stock accounts for about 4.42% of Contrarian Capital’s portfolio, as the hedge fund owns a $29.93 million stake in the company. In the second quarter, hedge fund managers grew their net positions in Arch Resources, Inc., suggesting they believe the company has more potential. There were 28 hedge funds in our database that held stakes in the company in the second quarter, compared to 25 funds in the previous quarter.

6. iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:IHRT)

Contrarian Capital Stake Value: $35,870,000

 

Percentage of Contrarian Capital’s 13F Portfolio: 5.3%

 

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 28

Jon Bauer began building his stake in iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:IHRT) back in the third quarter of 2019; he now holds 1.33 million shares worth about $35.87 million. iHeartMedia, Inc., a provider of media and entertainment services, ranks sixth on the list of top 10 stock picks of Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital.

On October 20, B. Riley analyst Daniel Day reduced his price objective for iHeartMedia to $39 from $42 while maintaining a “Buy” rating. According to the researcher, supply chain bottlenecks and labor shortages negatively influenced advertising expenditure in crucial categories in the second half of 2021.

Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras (NYSE:PBR), Valaris Limited (NYSE:VAL), and Carnival Corp (NYSE:CCL) are some of the notable stocks in Jon Bauer’s Contrarian Capital’s 13F portfolio in Q2, just like iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:IHRT).

 

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