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Every quarter, any fund managers overseeing more than $100 million must publicly disclose their quarter-end holdings via the Securities and Exchange Commission's Form 13F. It lists all U.S.-traded securities the fund's manager held at the end of the quarter. Although the form doesn't disclose short positions or intraquarter trades, it can illuminate long stock bets.
Meet the D3 Family Funds
David Nierenberg is the founder of the D3 Family Funds, and its largest investor. The D3 Family Funds are long-term, actively engaged investors in a concentrated portfolio of illiquid, mostly public, undervalued, and micro-cap growth companies. The D3 Family Funds invest in domestic micro-cap companies with equity market capitalizations up to $1.5 billion at the time of investment. The total market value of D3 Family Funds' disclosed equity holdings as of March 31, 2011 -- the latest quarter for which data is available -- was $290 million across eight holdings.
The fund's eight largest positions (by value) and associated changes as of March 31 were:
(Nasdaq: MOVE)-- no change
Electro Scientific Industries
(Nasdaq: ESIO)-- increased 0.1%
Heartland Payment Systems
(NYSE: HPY)-- reduced 9.9%
(Nasdaq: MDTH)-- no change
(Nasdaq: RSYS)-- no change
(Nasdaq: BABY)-- reduced 13%
Asset Acceptance Capital
(Nasdaq: AACC)-- no change
(Nasdaq: ZRAN)-- new
Selected Q1 2011 commentary
Here's where the firm is winning and losing, and making new bets, at the moment:
- Current winners: Natus Medical did well, rising 18% in the first quarter. The stock composed 10.8% of the total portfolio.
- Current loser: Asset Acceptance fell 9.4% in price in the first quarter. It accounted for 7.8% of the entire portfolio.
- New bets: The only new addition, Zoran, composes 5.5% of the total portfolio.
So there you have it -- the blow-by-blow of D3 Family of Funds' latest moves. Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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