Michael Burry is a former physician who became a prominent value investor. Since 1996 he was widely followed by fellow investors who liked his stock recommendations which he posted on message boards. He was so successful that prominent investors noticed him and helped him to open his own fund.
During global financial crisis Michael Burry became famous. Investors in his fund Scion Capital made more than $700 million. Burry personally made $100 million profit betting against mortgage-based securities. His story was told in marvelous book by Michael Lewis “The Big Short” and famous movie.
Scion Capital returned 489.34% (net of fees and expenses) between November 1, 2000 and June 2008 compared to 3% total return from S&P 500 during the same time frame. Eventually Burry closed his fund and retired.
Five years later in 2013 Michael Burry reopened his fund with slightly changed name Scion Asset Management. Burry’s investment style is best described by a classic value investing. However, he is not afraid to short stocks (or buy puts which is equivalent economic activity) which are overvalued in his opinion. For instance, last year Burry bought puts for Tesla stock and his latest filing shows that he is betting that Apple stock price will fall. Althoug Burry owned through his hedge-fund more than $150 million stocks at the beginning of the year 2022. He later sold almost all of his holdings while building a position in the stock he previously owned – GEO – GEO Group Inc.
Michael Burry current portfolio can be seen below.
Scion Asset Management Stock Portfolio as of 30 June, 2022 (reported to SEC on 15 August, 2022)
|Company||Ticker||Market value as of 31 March, 2022||Number of shares|
|GEO Group Inc.||GEO||3,309,000||501,360|
|Total market value ($)||3,309,000|
Source: SEC report