Gates Foundation Increases Grupo Televisa Shares As Of Dec 31

Date : 02/16/2010 @ 6:53PM
Source : Dow Jones News
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Gates Foundation Increases Grupo Televisa Shares As Of Dec 31

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation increased its holdings in Mexican media giant Grupo Televisa SAB (TV, TLEVISA.MX) and sold its stake in Crocs Inc. (CROX) as of Dec. 31, according to a regulatory filing late Tuesday.

Overall, the Seattle-based charity endowment didn't report any significant changes in its portfolio over the past three months.

The foundation reported holdings valued at $10.4 billion as of Dec. 31, up slightly from $10.1 billion as of Sept. 30, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Plastic shoemaker Crocs was the only holding to be eliminated from the portfolio. The foundation owned 668,017 shares of Crocs as of Sept. 30.

Additionally, the foundation boosted its stake in Grupo Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world. The foundation purchased 2.5 million shares of the company during the quarter. It now owns 11.2 million shares, valued at $232 million, as of Dec. 31.

Earlier Tuesday, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation reported the sale of 93,000 class B shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRKB). The foundation owns 77,658,184 shares of Berkshire according to a separate filing last Friday. The shares were valued at $7.2 billion as of last Friday.

The foundation also upped its stake in AutoNation Inc. (AN) by 500,000 shares to 10,792,100 shares from Sept. 30 to Dec. 31. The shares are valued at $206.7 million as of Dec. 31.

Many investors that manage more than $100 million are required to file 13-Fs with their stock holdings 45 days after the end of a given quarter, giving the public its freshest possible glimpse into the portfolios of well-known money managers. The fourth quarter deadline was Tuesday.

-By Brett Philbin, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2173; and Jessica Papini, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2172;


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