The New 2018–2019 Uber Cannibals
In late December 2016, I co-wrote an article on Forbes.com that introduced the "Uber Cannibals," a five-stock investing strategy that invests in businesses aggressively buying back their own stock. This is a "set it and forget it for one year" strategy that rebalances every April when 5 companies are selected for the portfolio for the upcoming year.
The Uber Cannibals draft season is now upon us, and it's time to pick our 2018 - 2019 team.
As a recap, in my 3/31/17 blog post, we met Ms. Sonia Patel, who had embarked on her Uber Cannibals investing journey with $100,000 from her IRA account at Interactive Brokers. Sonia invested in the first 5 Uber Cannibals on 1/3/17, and then rebalanced her portfolio in April 2017 with the 2017 - 2018 Uber Cannibals, which were:
As of 3/29/18, Sonia's $100k was worth $130,646 (after trading costs), up 30.6%. If Sonia had instead invested in the S&P 500 over that period, she would be up 20.9% and her portfolio would be worth approx. $10k less, or $120,907.
Lowe's and Hackett Group paid dividends totaling $744. Per our rules, Sonia reinvested those dividends back into the same businesses.
The Ubers are doing quite well! This strategy makes sense if you intend to follow it for at least a decade or two (or longer). So we shouldn't fixate too much on short term performance. But I am happy to see that Sonia is off to a great start. Keep at it Sonia!
The New Uber Cannibals:
For 2018 - 2019, our algorithms selected the following five Uber Cannibals:
Sleep Number Corp. (which recently changed its name from Select Comfort) will continue to be in the portfolio for another year. But we have four new kids on the block.
If you invested in the Uber Cannibals in April 2017, then leave Sleep Number Corp untouched, and sell Lowe's, NVR, Hackett, and Willis Lease. Then invest the proceeds equally among the four new kids: Corning, PulteGroup, Discover Financial Services, and Lear.
Below is the 1 year return of the 2017-2018 Uber Cannibals through 3/29/18:
If you invested in the Uber Cannibals in April 2017 in a taxable account, try to sell the winners (currently Lowe's, NVR and Willis Lease) after holding them for at least 366 days and the losers (Hackett) after no more than 364 days.
If you are a new investor to the Uber Cannibals, you can just equal weight the five stocks (i.e., invest the same amount of money in each of these five) and keep that portfolio until April 2019, when I'll provide the 2019 - 2020 portfolio on www.ChaiWithPabrai.com. Happy Cannibal Investing!
Note, anyone who invests in any strategy needs to do their own research/due diligence and are themselves fully responsible for the outcome.
3/29/2018 08:54:23 pm
Thanks for this yr's update...
Qais Ur Rehman Rasooli
3/30/2018 06:54:55 am
Thank you Mr.Pabrai, While screen these stock what else do you look at except share buy-backs?
3/30/2018 07:39:46 am
Thank you !!
3/30/2018 07:11:06 pm
3/30/2018 09:27:18 pm
I was surprised to read this post. This is basically a quant strategy, but it left me wonder why did you choose to select this one over a myriad of others. Obviously you are not about quant investing...
3/30/2018 09:35:58 pm
Never mind. I read the Forbes article and got it.
3/31/2018 09:08:04 am
PHM shows nothing but insider selling for years. Where are you finding your data?
6/7/2018 11:42:48 am
Ben, he's talking about the company buying back it's stock, not what executives or insiders are doing. Stock buybacks done at the corporate level.
4/1/2018 07:46:36 am
Helllo Mr Pabrai:
7/28/2018 12:42:23 am
I worked for The Hackett Group for a little under four years and can tell you that their senior management is notoriously cheap when it comes to pay raises and insistent on consultants at all levels making their quarterly billing targets, pretty much without regard to what’s good for their clients or the company’s long-term strength and health. You can read quite a few reviews on Glassdoor about how upper management is all about maximizing their own comp at the expense of employees, that many of them are nearing retirement age and have one foot out the door, etc. I honestly doubt the CEO knows much about the core EPM, BI and Finance Transformation offerings that his firm provides—he is mostly a slick salesman type who smiles and speaks about a lot of vacuous generalities including “market leadership” and “innovation”.
4/26/2021 05:32:46 am
4/26/2021 05:33:26 am
Sorry, end date meant as 3/29/21 of course.
7/30/2018 09:38:18 am
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9/20/2018 08:19:30 am
I'd be curious to see this list produced every 6 months though I realize that it might be less advantageous from a tax standpoint. Thanks for sharing.
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