- A vote of confidence by one of Warren Buffett’s lieutenants sent Dillard shares up 46% on Monday.
- Ted Weschler, Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment manager, revealed a nearly 6 percent stake in the ill-sucked department store chain on Friday.
- Weschler’s 1.08 million shares jumped to $ 66 million on Monday.
- Dillard’s net sales fell 41
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Shares of Dillard rose 46 percent on Monday after Warren Buffett’s deputy revealed a nearly 6 percent stake in the ailing department store chain.
Ted Weschler, who is helping Buffett manage Berkshire Hathaway’s investment portfolio with Todd Combs, revealed the personal holding company in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s file, released on Friday. Weschler’s share price from 1.08 million Dillard jumped to 66 million dollars on Monday.
Shares of Dillard have fallen about 40 percent this year, reflecting the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on physical retailers, as well as growing investor concern about department stores in an increasingly online world.
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Monday’s rally added up to $ 430 million to the retailer’s market capitalization, raising it to about $ 1.4 billion at the top.
The company’s net sales fell 41 percent year-over-year to $ 1.7 billion in the six months to Aug. 1, bringing it to a $ 171 million net loss, compared to a $ 38 million net profit in the first half of 2019. Two of her peers, JCPenney and Neiman Marcus, filed for bankruptcy this year.
Dillard’s was also removed from the S&P 400 in June because S&P Dow Jones Indices officials responsible for the index said it was “no longer a representative of the medium-capacity market space”.
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Weschler joined Berkshire in 2012 after being the subject of more than $ 5 million in 2010 and 2011 in two charity auctions, earning him the right to have lunch twice with Buffett. He previously managed Peninsula Capital Advisors, a hedge fund in Virginia.
The investment manager directed Buffett in his recent deal with Scripps. He agreed that Berkshire would provide $ 600 million to help finance the takeover group’s takeover of ION Media in exchange for preferred shares and warrants – mimicking Buffett’s investments in Goldman Sachs and General Electric during the 2008 financial crisis.
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