Andrew S. Weitz

Director of Equity Research at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

Andrew S. Weitz

Andrew S. Weitz

Director of Equity Research at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

Biography

A naturally curious person, in his role as director of equity research, Drew thrives in learning about many different businesses, how they fit into a very dynamic world and into our equity portfolios.

Drew first came to Weitz Investment Management, Inc. in 1998, while a student at Carleton College, working in various departments including client services, operations and research. After graduating in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, he moved to Chicago in 2004 where he worked as a research associate and research analyst for Ariel Investments. In 2008, Drew returned to Omaha and Weitz Investments as an equity research analyst. He became co-manager of Hickory Fund in December 2011 and was appointed director of equity research in April 2017.

Drew volunteers on the advisors group for OneWorld Community Health Centers and serves on the boards of The UNION for Contemporary Art and Carleton College’s Alumni Annual Fund. On his own time, he golfs, plays guitar and runs, but his favorite hobby is whatever his kids are interested in.

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Founder at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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West Coast Regional Director at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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President & Chief Financial Officer at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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Co-Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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Vice President, Head of Sales at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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Vice President, Director of Operations at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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Managing Director, Head of Institutional Sales at Diamond Hill Capital Management, Inc.

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Associate Director at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.

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Director of Equity Research at Weitz Investment Management, Inc.
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B.A. in Computer Science
Class of 2002

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Career History
Director of Equity Research
2017 - Current

Weitz Investment Management manages a family of equity and fixed-income mutual funds for patient, long-term investors. The firm seeks to understand what a rational buyer would be willing to pay for 100% of a given company. Valuations may focus on asset values, earning power, the intangible value of a company's franchise in its market or a combination of these variables. Once an attractive company has been identified, Weitz tries to buy shares of the company's stock at a significant discount to this private market value. This discount provides the margin of safety that minimizes the risk of permanent loss of capital. Weitz is most interested in the present value of the future free cash that a business will generate. They are value managers, insisting on predictability and low price-to-business value. Weitz focuses on business valuation, management competence and long-term prospects, with virtually no attention given to technical analysis, earnings momentum or short-term trading.Weitz offers bond funds, stock funds and a balanced fund. The fund's differences are in fund size, portfolio concentration, volatility and tax sensitivity. When Weitz analyzes potential equity investments, they consider the business behind the stock and try to buy shares at a large discount to the company's underlying business value. Ideally, a business' value rises over time and stock price follows. This often allows Weitz to hold the stock for many years, minimizing transaction costs, taxes and the need for new investment ideas.

Research Associate & Research Analyst
Prior

Ariel Investments specializes in value investing through equity investments. The firm offers offers three investment strategy approaches: value, deep value, and global. The traditional value strategies include small cap value, small/mid capvalue, mid cap value, and focused value. The deep value strategies include micro-cap value and small cap deep value. The global strategies include global, international (developing markets), and international (developed markets/emerging markets). Ariel is the investment advisor to the Ariel Investment Trust. The Trust is composed of six separate series: Ariel Fund, Ariel Appreciation Fund, Ariel Focus Fund, Ariel Discovery Fund, Ariel International Equity Fund and Ariel Global Equity Fund. In addition, the firm has developed model portfolios as a basis from their portfolio managers construct individual client portfolios.

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2012

Former Governor of Nebraska

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Andrew S. Weitz is affiliated with Weitz Investment Management, Inc., Ariel Investments LLC

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