Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio) not too long ago disclosed its portfolio updates for the initial quarter of 2020, which ended on March 31.

Established in 2000 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Diamond Hill identifies itself as an impartial investment management business that seeks to align employee passions with investor passions by investing in the similar portfolios. Its tactic is to retain a extended-phrase concentrate based on elementary, floor-up investigation of a company’s intrinsic price, as determined by variables these as current market place, competition, management, valuation and expansion potential customers. The funds concentrate on shopping for undervalued companies that have a good and established basis for revenue manufacturing.

Primarily based on the higher than criteria, the firm’s most significant new buys for the quarter had been Mondelez Intercontinental Inc. (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Visa Inc. (NYSE:V), Kellogg Co. (NYSE:K) and VF Corp. (NYSE:VFC).

Mondelez Intercontinental

Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio) acquired four,654,954 shares of Mondelez Intercontinental, impacting the equity portfolio by one.fifty eight{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312}. Shares traded for an ordinary price of $54.28 throughout the quarter.

Primarily based in Chicago, Mondelez Intercontinental is a person of the world’s most significant snack producers, using a lot more than eighty,000 individuals. Its brands are offered in a lot more than one hundred fifty nations and include names these as Oreo, Ritz, Stride and Cadbury.

On May well six, shares of Mondelez Intercontinental traded all over $fifty.33 for a current market cap of $seventy one.9 billion and a price-earnings ratio of 19.sixty seven. The Peter Lynch chart implies that the stock price is in line with its ordinary historic valuation.

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GuruFocus offers the business a economical strength score of five out of ten, a profitability score of 7 out of ten and a enterprise predictability score of a person out of five stars.

The dollars-debt ratio of .one and present-day ratio of .fifty three indicate a weak dollars place, but the interest protection ratio of eight.16 and Altman Z-Score of 2.18 indicate that the business is possible risk-free from individual bankruptcy.

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The working margin of fourteen.seventy six{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} is increased than 85.forty one{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} of competition, and the return on invested funds of eight.seventy two{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} is increased than the weighted ordinary expense of funds of three.ninety eight{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312}. These margins have improved for the business in modern a long time.

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Visa

The business founded a new place of one,135,127 shares in Visa after advertising out of its (considerably smaller sized) earlier holding in the initial quarter of 2019. The trade had a one.24{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} affect on the equity portfolio. For the duration of the quarter, shares traded for an ordinary price of $188.ninety six.

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Visa is a big economical services and electronic payments supplier based in San Francisco. The business facilitates funds transfers principally through credit history, debit and prepaid cards.

On May well six, Visa’s shares traded all over $178.74 for a current market cap of $394.05 billion and a price-earnings ratio of 32.18. In accordance to the Peter Lynch chart, the stock may well be overvalued.

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GuruFocus offers the business a economical strength score of six out of ten, a profitability score of ten out of ten and a enterprise predictability score of five out of five stars.

Visa’s dollars-debt ratio of .68 is increased than sixty five.ninety seven{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} of competition. Whilst the interest protection ratio of 33.forty six is nicely underneath the sector median of 709.seventeen, it is plenty of for the business to pay its limited-phrase debt obligations.

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The working margin of 66.83{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} is outperforming 91.08{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} of competition, and the ROIC is almost 6 times the WACC, indicating substantial profitability. Revenue and net revenue have demonstrated continual expansion in modern a long time.

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Kellogg

The business invested in one,443,286 shares of Kellogg, which had a .59{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} affect on the equity portfolio. Shares traded for an ordinary price of $sixty five.forty eight throughout the quarter.

Kellogg, which operates underneath the brand title Kellogg’s, is a food items producing business based in Fight Creek, Michigan. It mostly produces cereals, breakfast pastries and other grain-based items with a extended shelf everyday living.

On May well six, shares of Kellogg traded all over $sixty four.01 for a current market cap of $21.91 billion and a price-earnings ratio of 21.forty three. The Peter Lynch chart implies that the stock price overvalued in comparison to modern earnings.

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GuruFocus offers the business a economical strength score of four out of ten, a profitability score of 7 out of ten and a enterprise predictability score of a person out of five stars.

The dollars-debt ratio of .11 and equity-to-asset ratio of .15 are reduced than ninety three.21{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} of competition, and the present-day ratio of .77 also signifies a precarious dollars place. Nevertheless, the Altman Z-Score of 2.44 implies that the business is not in instant threat of individual bankruptcy.

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Though the working margin of ten.32{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} is increased than seventy two.seventy eight{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} of competition, it has contracted over the previous pair of many years. The gap concerning ROIC and WACC has also narrowed, suggesting reduced profitability as revenue enhanced.

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VF Corp.

The business also acquired one,166,650 shares of VF Corp. after advertising out of its earlier holding in the business in the 3rd quarter of 2019. The trade had an affect of .forty three{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} on the equity portfolio. For the duration of the quarter, shares traded for an ordinary price of $seventy eight.sixty one.

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Primarily based in Denver, VF is an attire business with a record of a lot more than 100 a long time. Its portfolio of a lot more than 30 lively-everyday living brands focuses on developing items for outside, lively and do the job use.

On May well six, VF’s shares traded all over $fifty six.02 for a current market cap of $22.11 billion and a price-earnings ratio of seventeen.fifty three. In accordance to the Peter Lynch chart, the share price has fallen in line with the company’s historic median valuation.

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GuruFocus offers the business a economical strength score of six out of ten, a profitability score of 7 out of ten and a enterprise predictability score of a few out of five stars.

The interest protection ratio of 16.sixty four, present-day ratio of 2.12 and Altman Z-Score of four.12 propose economical balance, though the dollars-debt ratio of .18 is reduced than sixty four.87{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} of competition.

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The company’s gain margins are leading tier the working margin of 12.11{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312}, net margin of ten.54{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312}, return on equity of 29.forty one{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} and return on property of 12.16{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} are outperforming a lot more than 83{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} of competition.

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Portfolio overview

Including the shares described higher than, the business founded 11 new holdings, bringing the whole quantity of shares owned to 147 and the price of the equity portfolio to $fourteen.seventy two billion.

As of the quarter’s end, Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)’s leading holdings had been Abbott Laboratories (ABT) with three.38{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} of the equity portfolio, Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) with three.02{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312} and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) with 2.ninety three{e0233a5a8ca3dab8ed448c5451aba2c38c77d167988a5d203483ecea09d61312}. In conditions of sector weighting, the business was most invested in economical services, overall health care and shopper cyclical.

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Disclosure: Author owns no shares in any of the shares described. The point out of shares in this post does not at any place constitute an investment advice. Portfolio updates reflect only popular stock positions as for every the regulatory filings for the quarter in concern and may well not include improvements produced after the quarter ended.

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