Top 10 Stock Picks of Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital

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In this piece, we will take a look at the top 10 stock picks of Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital. If you want to skip our detailed analysis of Don Morgan’s history, investment philosophy, and hedge fund peformance, then head on right over to the Top 5 Stock Picks of Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital.

Brigade Capital is an investment management firm based out of New York City, New York. The firm is headed by its chief investment officer and managing partner Mr. Don Morgan. Mr. Morgan is an individual who has years of experience in the financial sector, and this has led him to the helm of affairs at Brigade Capital, which manages a portfolio that has $1.7 billion in assets by the end of June 2021.

Brigade Capital’s investment strategy is focused primarily on targeting entities with distressed balance sheets or hefty amounts in debt. It has offices in major global cities such as Tokyo, Japan and London, United Kingdom alongside a presence in the American state of Colorado. The firm also won the Firm of the Year award from Absolute Return Awards in 2017, to mark another feather in its cap. Brigade often buys the debt of distressed firms and then seeks a return on it.

Mr. Morgan’s investment firm targets companies from different sectors such as telecommunications, energy, finance, healthcare and media. A cursory look at its portfolio reveals that as of June 2021, some of its biggest investments are in Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ:XOG), Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) and Magnachip Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:MX). These companies reflect the portfolio’s diverse nature, as they range from fossil fuel exploration to the technology sector.

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Our Methodology:

In order to gain a deeper insight into Mr. Morgan and Brigade Capital, we sifted through the investment management firm’s 13-F portfolio, which lists down all of its investments. This list also includes the debt bought by Brigade Capita and the positions that it has taken against the shares of several companies. For today’s piece, we focus exclusively on the shares owned by the investment fund.

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Top 10 Stock Picks Of Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital

10. Turning Point Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TPB)

Mr. Morgan’s Stake Value: $8.9 million

Percentage of Mr. Morgan’s 13F Portfolio: 0.53%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 30

Turning Point Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TPB) is an American company that provides tobacco paraphernalia. It operates through three brands which are ZigZag, Stoker and NewGen. They target several different aspects of tobacco consumption, such as rolling papers, chewable tobacco and non-tobacco products with the compound Nicotine such as liquid vapor products.

By the end of June 2021, Mr. Morgan’s Brigade Capital held 195,498 shares of Turning Point Brands Inc. (NYSE:TPB), in a stake that was worth $8.9 million and represented 0.53% of its portfolio.

In an October 2021 analyst note, B. Riley lowered Turning Point Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TPB)’s price target to $55 and kept a Buy rating for the shares, explaining that a recent price drop presents a good buying opportunity. A poll of 873 hedge funds conducted at the end of this year’s first half by Insider Monkey revealed that 30 hedge funds had a stake in the company.

In a July 2021 investor letter, Maran Capital Management had the following to say about Turning Point Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TPB):

“We continue to hold core positions in previously disclosed companies (including) Turning Point Brands (TPB). Turning Point Brands remains cheap given its organic growth profile, low capital intensity, and large collection of small, asymmetric bets in vaping and active ingredients. TPB’s Zig Zag brand is among the most well-positioned brands in the US as cannabis legalization marches forward, jurisdiction by jurisdiction.”

9. FirstEnergy Corp. (NASDAQ:FE)

Mr. Morgan’s Stake Value: $10.8 million

Percentage of Mr. Morgan’s 13F Portfolio: 0.64%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 36

FirstEnergy Corp. (NASDAQ:FE) is an American electricity company that is responsible for generating, transmitting and distributing electricity throughout several states. These states include Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. FirstEnergy Corp. (NASDAQ:FE) has thousands of miles of electricity cables laid out throughout the U.S.

Mr. Morgan held 290.500 shares of FirstEnergy Corp. (NASDAQ:FE) by the end of this year’s second quarter, which amount to $10.8 million and represent 0.64% of his portfolio. Out of the 873 hedge funds polled by Insider Monkey during the same time period, 36 had held a stake in the company.

FirstEnergy Corp. (NASDAQ:FE) largest shareholder is Carl Icahn’s, Icahn Capital LP with 18.9 million shares worth $705 million.

Some of Don Morgan’s other favorite stocks, alongside FirstEnergy Corp. (NASDAQ:FE), are Magnachip Semiconductor Corporation (NYSE:MX), Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO) and Extraction Oil & Gas, Inc. (NASDAQ:XOG).

8. GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF)

Mr. Morgan’s Stake Value: $11.2 million

Percentage of Mr. Morgan’s 13F Portfolio: 0.67%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 36

GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF) is responsible for researching, developing, manufacturing and selling carbon-based products all over the world. The company is based out of Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, and some of the examples of its products include electrodes and coke for oil refining.

Mr. Morgan’s hedge fund held 969,000 shares of GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF) by the end of the second quarter of 2021, which were worth $11.2 million and represented 0.67% of his portfolio. The company reported $330 million in revenue and $0.43 in non GAAP EPS for its second quarter 2021, beating analyst estimates on both counts. By the end of July, a poll of 873 hedge funds conducted by Insider Monkey revealed that 36 had held a stake in the company.

RBC Capital lowered GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF)’s share price target in an August 2021 analyst note to $14 citing valuation model changes due to lower than anticipated sales volume.

GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF)’s largest investor is Donald Yacktman’s Yacktman Asset Management with 5.2 million shares worth $61 million shares.

7. Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE:ACI)

Mr. Morgan’s Stake Value: $13.3 million

Percentage of Mr. Morgan’s 13F Portfolio: 0.8%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 20

Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) is a drug and food retailer in the United States, which is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. The company is also one of the oldest in America since it was founded in 1860, which is nearly two centuries ago. In addition to food stores and pharmacies, Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) also operates distribution and manufacturing centers.

By the end of this year’s first half, Mr. Morgan’s Brigade Capital held 680,000 Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE:ACI) shares that were worth $13.3 million and represented 0.8% of its portfolio. During the same time period, 20 out of 873 hedge funds polled by Insider Monkey had held a stake in the company.

Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE:ACI)’s largest shareholder is Stephen Feinberg’s Cerberus Capital Management who owns 151 million shares worth $2.8 billion.

6. CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM)

Mr. Morgan’s Stake Value: $18 million

Percentage of Mr. Morgan’s 13F Portfolio: 1.07%

Number of Hedge Fund Holders: 36

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) allows communications and entertainment companies to provide their services to the end consumer. The company provides equipment for several segments which include residential users, universities, telecommunications service providers, and broadband providers. CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) is headquartered in North Carolina and was founded in 1976.

Mr. Morgan’s Brigade Capital held 845,000 shares of the company by June 2021, which were worth $18 million and represented 1.07% of its portfolio.

During H2 2021, a poll of 873 hedge funds conducted by Insider Monkey revealed that 36 had held a stake in CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM).

CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM)’s largest shareholder is Bob Peck and Andy Raab’s FPR Partners who owns 16 million shares worth $350 million.

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