2/11/2012

David Carr, Larry Coats - RS Capital Appreciation Fund Portfolio Q4/2011

David Carr, Larry Coats Q4-2011 Fund Investing Strategies By Dividend Yield – Stock Capital, Investment. Here is a current portfolio update of David Carr, Larry Coats - RS Capital Appreciation Fund – Q4-2011 portfolio movements as of Q4/2011 (December 31, 2011). In total, they have 26 stocks with a total portfolio worth of USD 107,167,000.

Strategy: 
Investing in good businesses, with good management, purchased at attractive prices. The asset managers define good businesses as those that have the ability to generate 1) predictable, 2) growing, 3) excess cash flow over a reasonable period of time. The production of free cash flow is the quantitative signpost or indicator of value creation for business owners. We spend a great deal of time trying to understand the qualitative source of consistent cash production. The source and nature of a company’s competitive advantage, preferably one that is durable and sustainable, is equally important as the financial performance.

They view good management as equally important to any investment thesis. Talented, fair-minded, capable people must be present to deliver the potential of a business as actual results for its shareholder owners. Good management in our view is therefore shareholder-oriented, has demonstrated the ability to competently manage the business, and can effectively allocate the excess cash flows generated to other high return investments. Our focus on this final characteristic, capital allocation, is one of the most important components of our evaluation of company managements.

Attractive prices refer to our focus on the relationship between the intrinsic value (range) of a business and the price at which we would invest in that business. It is our view that in order for an acquisition price to be "attractive," it must represent a significant discount to intrinsic value. This aspect provides both a margin of safety to the investor and the opportunity for price appreciation. Margin of safety is a key component to this philosophy because it allows us as investors to protect against the inevitable vagaries of the market.

David Carr, Larry Coats Q4/2011 fund positions with actual share movements:
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Sym - Stock
Portfolio Weight
Recent activity
Reported Price*
MA - Mastercard Inc.
6.16
Add 3.57%
$372.82
ORCL - Oracle Corp.
5.88
Add 21.83%
$25.65
AFL - AFLAC Inc.
5.71
Add 3.59%
$43.26
CME - Chicago Mercantile Exchange
5.28
Add 3.62%
$243.67
ECL - Ecolab Inc.
5.23
Add 3.57%
$57.81
DISCK - Discovery Communications Inc. CL C
4.95
Add 3.59%
$37.70
COH - Coach Inc.
4.87
Reduce 15.27%
$61.04
QCOM - QUALCOMM Inc.
4.53
Add 3.59%
$54.70
KFT - Kraft Foods Inc.
4.39
Add 3.58%
$37.36
PX - Praxair Inc.
4.35
Add 3.58%
$106.91
BUD - Anheuser-Busch InBev
4.08
Add 3.58%
$60.99
DHR - Danaher Corp.
4.02
Add 176.51%
$47.04
CHK - Chesapeake Energy
3.99
Add 30.54%
$22.29
GOOG - Google Inc.
3.99
Add 3.92%
$645.89
MMM - 3M Co.
3.58
Reduce 13.11%
$81.73
BRK.A - Berkshire Hathaway CL A
3.53
0
$114757.58
INTU - Intuit Inc.
3.45
Add 3.58%
$52.58
UTX - United Technologies
3.31
Add 3.57%
$73.10
PLL - Pall Corp.
3.31
Add 3.58%
$57.15
ZMH - Zimmer Holdings
2.9
Add 3.58%
$53.43
TEVA - Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.
2.85
Reduce 22.83%
$40.37
BLK - BlackRock Inc.
2.8
Add 3.63%
$178.22
TIF - Tiffany & Co.
2.65
Buy
$66.26
APOL - Apollo Group
2.22
Add 3.59%
$53.86
ADSK - Autodesk Inc.
1.59
Add 3.61%
$30.34
BRK.B - Berkshire Hathaway CL B
0.38
Add 51.27%
$76.22





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ORCL, CME, MA, COH, DISCK, AFL, ECL, QCOM, KFT, PX, MMM, CHK, BUD, TEVA, BRK.A, UTX, GOOG, INTU, ZMH, PLL, BLK, APOL, ADSK, DHR, BRK.B, TIF, 

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