Tracking William Von Mueffling’s Cantillon Capital Management Portfolio – Q4 2019 Update No ratings yet.

This article is part of a series that provides an ongoing analysis of the changes made to William Von Mueffling’s 13F stock portfolio on a quarterly basis. It is based on Mueffling’s regulatory 13F Form filed on 02/06/2020. Please visit our Tracking William Von Mueffling’s Cantillon Capital Management Portfolio series to get an idea of his investment philosophy and our previous update for the fund’s moves during Q3 2019.

This quarter, Mueffling’s 13F portfolio value increased ~5% from $10.29B to $10.75B. The number of holdings increased from 32 to 33. The portfolio continues to be heavily concentrated with the top five positions representing ~28% of the total 13F holdings. The largest stake is S&P Global which accounts for 6.65% of the portfolio. The largest five positions are S&P Global, Alphabet Inc., Analog Devices, Fidelity National Information Services, and Visa.

New Stakes:

Autodesk (ADSK): ADSK is a 2.2% of the portfolio stake established this quarter at prices between $140 and $185 and the stock currently trades well above that range at ~$207.

Stake Disposals:

None.

Stake Increases:

Entegris (ENTG): ENTG is a small ~1% of the portfolio position established last quarter at prices between $35.50 and $48 and increased by ~25% this quarter at prices between $45.50 and $51. The stock currently trades at ~$55.54.

Stake Decreases:

S&P Global (SPGI) previously McGraw Hill Financial: SPGI is currently the largest position at 6.65% of the portfolio. It was established in Q1 2015 at prices between $86 and $109. Q3 2015 saw a huge ~140% increase at prices between $85 and $107 and that was followed with another ~75% increase next quarter at prices between $87 and $100. There was a further ~20% stake increase in Q1 2016 at prices between $81 and $100. Since then, the position has seen a one-third selling at prices between $97 and $275. The stock currently trades at ~$295.

Alphabet Inc. (GOOG) (GOOGL): GOOG is Mueffling’s second-largest position at 6.29% of the portfolio. The original stake was established in 2010 and doubled in 2011 at much lower prices. The last significant buying happened in Q2 2014 when the position was increased by ~14% at prices between $510 and $580. The stake has seen selling since Q3 2016: ~40% combined reduction at prices between ~$700 and $1,355. The stock currently trades at $1479. Mueffling is harvesting huge long-term gains.

Analog Devices (ADI): ADI is a long-term stake that has been in the portfolio since 2010. At the time, it accounted for just over 10% of the portfolio. The position was increased by two-thirds in 2011 as well. The last major buying was in Q4 2014 when the stake saw a ~20% increase at prices between $43 and $58. The stock currently trades at ~$112. It is Mueffling’s third-largest position at 5.47% of the portfolio. Last three years have seen a combined reduction of ~27% at prices between $72 and $122.

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS): FIS was a minutely small position in Q1 2013. The following quarter saw the stake increased to a large ~6% position at prices between $39 and $46. Q3 2013 saw a 15% increase at prices between $43 and $48 and the following quarter saw another 44% increase at prices between $49 and $57. The stock currently trades well above those ranges at ~$146. Last four years have seen a combined ~50% selling at prices between $58 and $140.

Visa Inc. (V): V is a 4.53% stake established in Q4 2015 at prices between $70 and $80. It was increased by ~125% in 2016 at prices between $70 and $83. Q1 2017 saw another ~15% stake increase at prices between $78 and $90. Since then, the position was reduced by ~25% at prices between ~$90 and ~$190. The stock currently trades at ~$203.

American Tower (AMT): AMT is a 4.45% position established in Q1 2016 at prices between $84 and $102 and increased by ~50% the following quarter at prices between $103 and $113. There was another ~150% increase in Q4 2016 at prices between $101 and $117. Since then, the position was reduced by ~25% at prices between ~$103 and ~$233. The stock currently trades at ~$239.

Willis Towers Watson plc (WLTW): The 4.42% stake came about because of the merger between Willis Group Holdings and Towers Watson that closed in January 2016. Cantillon’s large stake in Willis Group Holdings got converted to WLTW shares. The original position is from Q3 2013 and their overall cost-basis is ~$110 compared to the current price of ~$210. There was a ~12% increase in Q3 2016 at prices between $120 and $133. Since then, the stake was reduced by ~30% at prices between ~$117 and ~$206.

Zoetis Inc. (ZTS): The 4.11% ZTS stake was established during Q4 2015 and Q1 2016 at prices between $39 and $48. That original stake has since been sold down by ~45% at prices between $45 and $133. The stock currently trades at ~$139.

Ecolab Inc. (ECL): ECL is a ~4% of the portfolio stake first purchased in 2012. The original position was increased by around 75% in Q1 2013 at prices between $72.50 and $80. Q4 2014 and Q1 2015 saw a combined one-third increase at prices between $99 and $117. Since then, the position was sold down by one-third at prices between ~$103 and ~$207. The stock currently trades at ~$206.

CBRE Group Inc. (CBRE): The 3.85% stake in CBRE was purchased in Q1 2016 at prices between $23 and $34.50 and increased by ~125% over the next two quarters at prices between $24.50 and $31. The stake has seen a ~20% selling since. The stock is now at ~$64.

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE): ICE is a 3.82% of the portfolio stake established in Q4 2014 at prices between $39 and $45. The following two quarters saw the position almost doubled at prices between $44 and $48. There was another ~17% increase in Q4 2016 at prices between $52.50 and $60. The stock currently trades at ~$93. The last three years saw a combined ~27% selling at prices $57 and $95.

Note: Prices are adjusted for the 5-for-1 stock-split in October 2016.

CME Group (CME): CME is a 3.43% of the 13F portfolio stake established in Q4 2014 at prices between $78 and $93. Q4 2015 saw a ~60% stake increase at prices between $87 and $100. The stock currently trades well above those ranges at ~$213. Last four years have seen a combined ~28% selling at prices between ~$85 and ~$223.

Broadcom Inc. (AVGO): AVGO is a 3.42% of the portfolio stake established in Q1 2017 at prices between $174 and $227 and increased by ~55% in Q3 2017 at prices between $230 and $257. There was another ~20% stake increase in Q1 2018 at prices between $228 and $273. Q3 2018 saw a one-third reduction at prices between $202 and $251 while in Q1 2019 there was a ~10% stake increase at prices between $230 and $300. Q2 2019 also saw another ~20% stake increase at prices between $252 and $321. The stock currently trades at ~$315. Last two quarters have seen minor selling.

Agilent Inc. (A): Agilent is a 3.27% of the portfolio position established in Q4 2015 at prices between $33.50 and $42.50. Q4 2016 saw a ~17% increase at prices between $43 and $48. The stock currently trades well above those ranges at ~$83. There was a ~15% reduction in Q1 2018 at prices between $65 and $75 and that was followed with a ~10% trimming over the next two quarters. Last two quarters had seen a ~19% stake increase at prices between $65.50 and $82. This quarter saw a ~2% trimming.

Becton Dickinson (BDX): BDX is a ~3% of the portfolio stake established in Q4 2016 at prices between $163 and $180 and increased by ~30% the following quarter at prices between $165 and $185. There was a ~22% selling over the six quarters thru Q3 2018 at prices between $166 and $262. Q2 2019 saw a ~20% stake increase at prices between $223 and $252. The stock is now at ~$247. There was minor trimming in the last two quarters.

Equifax (EFX): EFX is a ~3% of the portfolio stake purchased in Q4 2016 at prices between $112 and $135. H1 2017 saw an ~80% stake increase at prices between $117 and $143 and that was followed with a ~130% increase in Q3 2017 at prices between $93 and $146. Q3 2018 saw a ~30% stake increase at prices between $123 and $138. The stock is now at ~$156. Last five quarters have seen only minor adjustments.

Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO): TMO is a 2.94% of the portfolio position established in Q3 2018 at prices between $206 and $249 and increased by ~90% next quarter at prices between $208 and $252. The stock currently trades well above those ranges at ~$326. Last three quarters saw marginal trimming.

Aon plc (AON): The 2.69% AON position was increased by ~50% in Q2 2018 at prices between $135 and $145 and the stock is now at ~$230. There was a ~10% stake increase in Q1 2019 and minor trimming over the last three quarters.

VeriSign Inc. (VRSN): The 2.66% VRSN position saw a ~40% increase in Q4 2018 at prices between $134 and $165. The original stake was from Q3 2017 at prices between $93 and $106. The stock currently trades well above those ranges at ~$205. There was minor trimming in the last four quarters.

SS&C Technologies (SSNC): SSNC is a 2.36% of the portfolio position built in H2 2016 at prices between $28.50 and $33.50. Q1 2018 saw a ~75% stake increase at prices between $40.50 and $53.50 and that was followed with a ~37% increase in Q4 2018 at prices between $41.50 and $56. There was another ~20% stake increase in Q2 2019 at prices between $54 and $68. It is now at $62.47. Last two quarters have seen minor trimming.

TriNet Group Inc. (TNET): The 2.13% of the portfolio stake in TNET was established in Q2 2016 with the bulk purchased in the following two quarters at prices between $18.50 and $26. The stock has more than doubled and currently goes for ~$57. There was marginal reduction over the last four quarters.

Note: Cantillon controls ~6% of TriNet Group.

Fastenal (FAST) and Armstrong World Industries (AWI): These two positions were established in Q2 2018. The ~2% FAST stake was purchased at prices between $24 and $28 and the stock currently trades at $37.35. The small 1.11% AWI stake was purchased at prices between $55 and $65. The stock is now at ~$103. Last five quarters have seen only minor adjustments to these two stakes.

Note: The prices quoted above for Fastenal are adjusted for the 2-for-1 stock-split in May.

Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM): The ~2% TSM stake was established in Q3 2017 at prices between $34.50 and $38.50. The position saw an almost two-thirds increase in Q1 2018 at prices between $40 and $46.50. It is now at $56.20.

Facebook Inc. (FB): FB is a ~2% of the portfolio stake established in Q1 2018 at prices between $152 and $193 and increased by ~60% next quarter at prices between $155 and $202. The stock is currently at ~$212.

Brunswick Corp. (BC): BC is a ~2% of the portfolio stake established in Q2 2019 at prices between $41.50 and $54.50 and increased by ~45% last quarter at around the same price range. The stock is currently well above that range at $61.56.

Sensata Technologies Holding plc (ST): ST is a ~1% of the 13F portfolio position established in Q2 2014 at prices between $44 and $50. The first three quarters of 2015 saw the stake more than doubled at prices between $49 and $59. The ten quarters thru Q2 2019 saw a ~24% selling at prices between $39 and $57. There was another ~55% selling this quarter at prices between $46 and $54. It currently trades at $47.52.

Credit Acceptance Corporation (CACC), Interactive Brokers Group Inc. (IBKR), Moody’s Corp. (MCO), and Primerica Inc. (PRI): These small stakes (less than ~1.5% of the portfolio each) saw minor trimming this quarter.

The spreadsheet below highlights changes to Mueffling’s 13F stock holdings in Q4 2019:

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