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Donald G. Smith, Founder and CIO Donald Smith & Co, is a deep-value manager employing a strict bottom-up approach. The firm generally invests in out-of-favor companies, those selling in the bottom decile of price-to-tangible book value ratios and that have significant earnings potential over the next 2-4 years.

The fund's managed value equity products range across the equity capitalization range from Large Cap to Micro Cap, the common factor being the employment of Smith's deep-value equity approach. With $3.2 billion in assets under management, Donald Smith & Co has returned 15.3% compound annualized return over the past 30 years, and over the last 10 years his firm has returned 12.1% compound annualized return versus 0.4% for the S&P 500.

In the latest 13-F filing for the December 2010 quarter, Smith & Co. reported that it has added a new position in Maryland-based utility Constellation Energy (NYSE:CEG), buying 3.48 million shares at an average price of $30.15, making it a top 10 holding in their $3.2 billion portfolio. Last Thursday, on April 28th, Chicago-based Utility Exelon (NYSE:EXC) and CEG announced that they had signed a definitive agreement to combine the two companies in a stock-for-stock transaction valuing CEG at just over $39 per share based on a conversion ratio of 0.93 and the current EXC share price of $42.17. This represents an almost 30% return in the six months since the firm bought the stock in the December 2010 quarter.

Besides his $104 million new buy of CEG in the December 2010 quarter, Donald Smith also made other major buys during the quarter, adding $49 million to his Overseas Shipholding Group Inc. (OSG) position and $43 million to his SanminaSCI Corp. (NASDAQ:SANM) position.




Market Value
(as of 12/31/10 at time of filing)

Percent Outstanding Shares Controlled By Donald Smith & Co.

Tesoro Corp


$ 212 million


Micron Technology Inc.


$ 182 million


Dillards Inc.


$ 176 million


Yamana Gold


$ 141 million


C N A Financial


$135 million


Constellation Energy Group Inc.


$127 million


Air France KLM


$ 120 million


MI Developments Cl A


$ 116 million


Ingram Micro


$ 108 million


Jetblue Airways Corp


$ 108 million


Donald G. Smith is a very savvy investor, and while he works only for investors in his hedge funds, a savvy investor can ride his coattails with knowledge of his holdings and reap the rewards in terms of long-term returns that handily beat the market averages.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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Credit: Historical fundamentals including operating metrics and stock ownership information were derived using I-Metrix® by Edgar Online®, Zacks Investment Research, Thomson Reuters and The information and data is believed to be accurate, but no guarantees or representations are made.