Whitney Tilson Keeps Up with Iridium

Recently, GuruFocus Real Time Picks reported that T2 Partners' Whitney Tilson has increased his stake in Iridium Communications Inc. ( IRDM ) by 3.69 percent, a purchase of almost 20,000 shares.

Acquired in 2009, Tilson began his holding with 757,950 shares, bought at an average price of $8.73. After this latest transaction, Tilson holds a total of 540,759 shares, equivalent to 0.71 percent of Iridium's outstanding shares. Last year, Tilson purchased shares throughout the year, except in the second quarter, when he shed 394,348 shares, about the time the stock's average price slightly rose $1 or so.

Headquartered in Virginia, Iridium Communications is a mobile voice and data satellite communications network, which offers single subscriber devices that work worldwide.

Tilson feels that the stock is greatly undervalued, and likes the fact that Iridium is only one of two major players in the global satellite communications industry.

Due to its worldwide coverage, Iridium has captured the client base of the U.S. Marines, Air force, Army and other government defense entities.

In Tilson's 2009 Iridium presentation, his firm highlighted that Iridium's market share has grown rapidly, as well as its revenue, operational EBITDA and subscribers.

IRDM data by

On GuruFocus, Iridium showed a 24.56 percent market value decline in a five-year time frame. Its revenue growth, as well as its EBITDA growth trend lines both slope positively, according to 10-Year Financials.

In early December, Iridium announced it has completed its offer to exchange its remaining outstanding $7 warrants for Iridium common stock. The original offer enabled that Iridium would offer warrant holders one share of common stock for every six tendered.

As the offer expired at the end of November, results revealed 93.1 percent of the $7-warrants had been tendered.

For Iridium's third quarter financial results, the company reported a 48 percent net income increase year over year, mainly driven from the life extension of the company's current satellite constellation. In the report, its operational EBITDA sported a 6 percent growth, and its total revenue declined by 2 percent compared to 2011.

Besides Tilson, other Gurus who have holding of Iridium include Chuck Royce who owns 1.11 million shares, Jim Simons who owns 190,000 shares, Paul Tudor Jones who owns 129,800 shares and Richard Snow who owns 21,070 shares. SAC Capital's Steven Cohen sold out of the stock in the third quarter of 2012. (Guru Trades: IRDM)

Iridium stock is up 0.15 percent at noon, trading at $6.87 per share. It has a P/E (ttm) of 9.2, a P/B of 0.67 and a P/S of 1.2.

Hurry and Get the GuruFocus 15%-Off Premium Membership Deal!

Premium Membership is needed for full access to GuruFocus Real Time Picks. GuruFocus' long list of Premium Membership perks provides many opportunities to follow your favorite Gurus and stocks more closely. If you are not a Premium Member yet, we invite you to take advantage of our limited-time offer of 15% off our normal Premium Membership rate. Click on GuruFocus Member Discount now!

About GuruFocus: tracks the stocks picks and portfolio holdings of the world's best investors. This value investing site offers stock screeners and valuation tools. And publishes daily articles tracking the latest moves of the world's best investors. GuruFocus also provides promising stock ideas in 3 monthly newsletters sent to Premium Members .

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


More Related Articles

Info icon

This data feed is not available at this time.

Sign up for the TradeTalks newsletter to receive your weekly dose of trading news, trends and education. Delivered Wednesdays.