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6 Banks Lawrence Seidman's Buying And 5 He's Selling

6 Banks Lawrence Seidman's Buying And 5 He's Selling

. 4 min read

Lawrence Seidman released his quarterly 13F filing with the SEC today which highlighted a number of stocks he's buying and selling. Although Seidman is not a household name, it's worth taking a closer look at his recent activity considering he has more than $130 million invested specifically in financial institutions.

Lawrence Seidman's Largest Holdings

Lawrence Bruce Seidman is the Manager and President of various investment vehicles, principally involved in the purchase and sale of publicly traded bank and thrift stocks. He currently sits on the board of MSB Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: MSBF).

On February 8th, Mr. Seidman filed his quarterly Form 13F regulatory filing. I reviewed the 13F filing and analyzed his equity holdings which are 100% weighted in the financial sector. Mr. Seidman's stock portfolio totals $130.9 million according to the latest filing.

The Ideas section of tracks top investors and trending investment themes. You can get the latest data on the holdings discussed below at the Lawrence Bruce Seidman page. The following table summarizes his firm's largest holdings reported in the last filing:

Lawrence Seidman Largest Holdings
Ticker Name Holding ($mil) % Of Portfolio
PBIP Prudential Bancorp Inc $14.8 11.2%
MSBF MSB Financial Corp. $13.7 10.4%
FBNC First Bancorp $12.8 9.8%
MLVF Malvern Bancorp, Inc. $11.9 9.1%
SIFI SI Financial Group, Inc. $8.5 6.5%
SBBX Sussex Bancorp $8.1 6.2%
KRNY Kearny Financial $8.1 6.2%

The seven positions above represent 59.3% of the hedge fund's total portfolio.

Lawrence Seidman's 6 Largest Purchases

I also used to find Lawrence Seidman's largest buys last quarter. Here's the list of the biggest stock purchases determined by comparing the last two filings:

Lawrence Seidman 6 Largest Purchases
Ticker Name Purchased ($mil) % Of Portfolio
FBNC First Bancorp $12.8 9.8%
CWAY Coastway Bancorp, Inc. $2.3 3.7%
LBC Luther Burbank Corp $0.6 0.5%
FSBC FSB Bancorp, Inc. $0.6 1.7%
RNDB Randolph Bancorp, Inc. $0.2 0.9%
HVBC HV Bancorp Inc $0.1 2.2%

Lawrence Seidman's 5 Biggest Sells

Here's the list of biggest position reductions determined by comparing the last two filings:

Lawrence Seidman 5 Biggest Sells
Ticker Name Sold ($mil) % Of Portfolio
ASBB ASB Bancorp, Inc. $11.4 0.0%
WSBF Waterstone Financial, Inc. $8.3 5.8%
BHBK Blue Hills Bancorp, Inc. $4.6 0.4%
WBB Westbury Bancorp Inc $1.6 0.0%
BWFG Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. $0.9 2.8%

Lawrence Seidman's 7 Bullish Analyst Targets

Banks and brokerages often release 12 to 18 month price targets for the stocks they cover. Analyst upgrades and downgrades alone can often impact a company's stock price.

"In the short run, the market is a voting machine but in the long run, it is a weighing machine." - Benjamin Graham

The table below ranks stocks in Lawrence Seidman's portfolio with most bullish analyst targets:

Lawrence Seidman 7 Bullish Analyst Targets
Ticker Name Upside (Analyst Target) % Of Portfolio
BHBK Blue Hills Bancorp, Inc. 26.4% 0.4%
WSBF Waterstone Financial, Inc. 24.6% 5.8%
BWFG Bankwell Financial Group, Inc. 23.4% 2.8%
CSBK Clifton Bancorp Inc. 18.6% 4.1%
PBIP Prudential Bancorp Inc 17.3% 11.2%
MSBF MSB Financial Corp. 15.3% 10.4%
MLVF Malvern Bancorp, Inc. 13.3% 9.1%

Managers with more than $100 million in qualifying assets under management are required to disclose their holdings to the SEC each quarter via 13F filings. Qualifying assets include long positions in U.S. equities and ADRs, call/put options, and convertible debt securities. Shorts, cash positions, foreign investments and other assets are not included. It is important to note that these filings are due 45 days after the quarter end date. Therefore, Lawrence Seidman's holdings above represent positions held as of December 31st and not necessarily reflective of his current stock holdings.

However, most can agree that with thousands of stocks traded on U.S. exchanges, doing thorough research on each one is nearly impossible for smaller investors. Leveraging the resources of the largest hedge funds on Wall Street can be a powerful way to narrow down the list.

Author: Matt Hogan

Expertise: Valuation, financial statement analysis

Matt Hogan is a co-founder of His expertise is in investment decision making. Prior to, Matt worked for an investment banking group providing fairness opinions in connection to stock acquisitions. He spent much of his time building valuation models to help clients determine an asset’s fair value. He believes that these same valuation models should be used by all investors before buying or selling a stock.

His work is frequently published at InvestorPlace, Benzinga, ValueWalk, AAII, Barron's, Seeking Alpha and

Matt can be reached at [email protected].

As of this writing, I did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities and this is not a buy or sell recommendation on any security mentioned.

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