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Ed Garden Long Bank of New York Mellon: Invest For Kids Chicago 2016

We're posting up notes from the Invest For Kids 2016 investment conference.  Next up is Ed Garden of Trian Partners who pitched a long of Bank of New York Mellon (BK).


Ed Garden's Presentation at Invest For Kids Chicago 2016

•    Long Bank of New York Mellon (BK)

o    $1.3 billion invested; Garden on board since Dec. 2014

•    We invest in great companies when undermanaged, underperforming, underappreciated; we try to work with management to become best in class at everything; we usually take a board seat

o    Eliminate management’s information advantage over board

o    Find problems, identify opportunities to attack

•    No hedging, long only, dislike the activist label

o    Income statement focus, not balance sheet

•    BK fits our risk profile: provides critical infrastructure, has good capital, is fee-driven (not NIM driven), has huge scale, and has opportunity to improve operations with cyclical upside as a bonus

•    Progress so far: 9% reduction in real estate owned; leaner cost structure; five new board members; returning $2.75 per share to shareholders in 12 months ended 6/30/17; margins and EPS up

•    25% discount to the market valuation; hurts to have “bank” in our name; most earnings streams at cyclical trough


Be sure to check out the rest of the presentations from Invest For Kids 2016.