Ruane Cunniff (Sequoia Fund) Investor Day Transcript 2017 ~ market folly

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ruane Cunniff (Sequoia Fund) Investor Day Transcript 2017

Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb recently released the transcript from their investor day a few months ago.  Known as the managers of the Sequoia Fund, David Poppe and his team talk about many of their investments.

As of the end of June, their top ten holdings were:

Berkshire Hathaway (BRK A / BRK B) 11.28%
US Treasury Bills & Cash 8.65%
MasterCard (MA) 7.72%
Alphabet (GOOGL & GOOG) 6.5%
TJX (TJX) 5.93%
Dentsply Sirona (XRAY) 5.3%
Carmax (KMX) 5.04%
Constellation Software (CSU) 4.83
Rolls Royce (RR.LN) 4.74%
Liberty Media Corp 4.13%

They talked about what they often find in their top investments:

"Hopefully that gives you a sense of the kinds of companies we want to buy: high-quality enterprises trading at discounts to their intrinsic value, with long-duration growth opportunities.  I would note that every great outperformer we have purchased during my eighteen years here - from Fastenal to Idexx to Mastercard to O'Reilly to Precision Castparts to Sirona to TJX - had something in common.  And it was not a low P/E at the time we first invested.  It was a long growth runway and, most often, a long organic-growth runway."

The transcript that follows touches on their thoughts on (PCLN), the threat of Amazon (AMZN) to various businesses, and some of their holdings like TJX and O'Reilly Auto, as well as other positions like Rolls Royce and Charles Schwab.

Embedded below is Sequoia Fund / Ruane Cunniff's 2017 Investor Day Transcript:

You can download a .pdf here.

For more from this firm, you can view their transcript from last year here as well.

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