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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust - Reduced BRK.B, Sold Out Five Companies

By: GuruFocus
Posted: 8/22/2013 6:33:00 PM
Referenced Stocks: ALV;FMX;ORBK;SIG;WSH

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust's portfolio currently lists 21 stocks, with a total portfolio value of $17.8 billion, and a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 0%. The Trust's top three investment sectors are weighted with financial services at 46.9%, consumer defensive at 17.9% and industrials at 15.9%. According to the GuruFocus Score Board of Gurus , the Gates portfolio has averaged a return of 21.1% over 12 months.

Here are all five sell-outs and one reduction made in the portfolio, as of June 30, 2013:

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. ( BRK.B ): Reduced

Impact to Portfolio: -3.59%

Up 35% over 12 months, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has a market cap of $268.87 billion; its shares were traded at around $115.04, with a P/E of 15.20. The P/B ratio is 1.30.

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Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust reduced its position by 7.73%, selling 6,250,000 shares at an average price of $110.02, for a gain of 4.5%.

The Trust currently holds 74,581,373 shares or 3.19% of shares outstanding.

The Trust has averaged a gain of 52% on 84,581,373 shares bought at an average price of $75.68 per share. On shares sold, it has averaged a gain of 38% on 58,750,000 shares sold at an average price of $83.08 per share.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust Holding History:




Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB de CV ( FMX ): Sold Out

Impact to Portfolio: -0.14%

Up 17% over 12 months, Fomento Economico Mexicano, a soft drinks and beer company, has a market cap of $34.42 billion; its shares were traded at around $96.20, with a P/E of 24.00. The P/B ratio is 10.20.



Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust sold out its position, unloading 218,000 shares at an average price of $111.23, taking a loss of 10.7% after some remarkable gains.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust Holding History:




Willis Group Holding PLC ( WSH ): Sold Out


Impact to Portfolio: -0.13%

Up 15% over 12 months, Willis Group Holding, a worldwide insurance brokerage, has a market cap of $7.45 billion; its shares were traded at around $42.30. The P/B ratio is 3.70.



Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust sold out its position, selling 602,700 shares at an average price of $39.97, gaining 5.8%.

Signet Jewelers Ltd. ( SIG ): Sold Out

Impact to Portfolio: -0.07%

Up 50% over 12 months, Signet Jewelers Ltd. has a market cap of $5.69 billion; its shares were traded at around $70.33, with a P/E of 15.40. The P/B ratio is 2.50.



Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust sold out its position, unloading 187,130 shares at an average price of $68.27, for a gain of 3%.

Autoliv Inc. ( ALV ): Sold Out

Impact to Portfolio: -0.05%

Up 36% over 12 months, Autoliv Inc., a holding company for its auto safety product manufacturers, has a market cap of $7.89 billion; its shares were traded at around $82.68, with a P/E of 15.60. The P/B ratio is 2.00.



Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust sold out its position, selling 123,600 shares at an average price of $74.87, for a gain of 10.4%.

Orbotech Ltd. ( ORBK ): Sold Out

Impact to Portfolio: -0.05%

Up 52% over 12 months, Orbotech Ltd., a scientific and technical instruments company, has a market cap of $542.5 million; its shares were traded at around $12.50. The P/B ratio is 1.10.



Guru Action: As of June 30, 2013, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust sold out its position, selling 823,300 shares at an average price of $10.87, for a gain of 13.7%.

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