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About Tweedy, Browne

A Brief History

Tweedy, Browne Company LLC, a successor to Tweedy & Co., was first established by Forrest Birchard Tweedy in 1920 as a dealer in closely held and inactively traded securities. The Firm’s 94-year history is grounded in undervalued securities, first as a market maker, then as an investor and investment advisor. The Firm’s investment approach derives from the work of the late Benjamin Graham, co-author of the first textbook on investment research, Security Analysis (1934) and author of The Intelligent Investor (1949). Graham, through his investment firm Graham-Newman Corp., was one of the Firm’s primary brokerage clients in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. It was through Graham that the original partners of the Firm developed brokerage relationships with investment legends Walter Schloss and Warren Buffett, and met Tom Knapp, who joined the Firm in 1957 from Graham-Newman and led its conversion from broker to investor.

In 1959, the partners of then Tweedy, Browne & Knapp pooled their capital in a partnership investment vehicle. In 1968, the firm accepted its first outside money management clients as limited partners of this vehicle. In 1975, Tweedy, Browne registered as an investment advisor and began managing separate accounts for individuals and institutions. As of June 30, 2014, the firm managed approximately $21.9 billion for individuals, institutions, partnerships, off-shore funds and four mutual funds of a registered investment company, the Tweedy, Browne Global Value Fund, the Tweedy, Browne Global Value Fund II -- Currency Unhedged, the Tweedy, Browne Value Fund, and the Tweedy, Browne Worldwide High Dividend Yield Value Fund. A more complete account of the firm's colorful history is contained in the March 31, 1995 Annual Report to shareholders beginning on page 7. We think you will enjoy reading it.

In 2006, Tweedy, Browne began to broadly offer its clients a value strategy that seeks long-term growth of capital by investing in companies around the globe that the adviser believes to have above-average dividend yields, an established history of paying dividends and reasonable valuations. The firm has managed some accounts in this strategy since 1979 and began to offer it more broadly beginning in 2006. In September 2007, the firm launched the Tweedy, Browne Worldwide High Dividend Yield Value Fund, which can accommodate investors of all sizes. Learn more about this fund here.


Experienced Management

Tweedy, Browne is owned by its four Managing Directors, William H. Browne, Thomas H. Shrager, John D. Spears and Robert Q. Wyckoff, Jr.; certain other employees of Tweedy, Browne; and wholly-owned subsidiaries of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. ("AMG"), which own a majority interest in Tweedy, Browne. In its entire history, Tweedy, Browne has had only eleven principals, four of whom are currently active. The operations of Tweedy, Browne are managed by its Management Committee consisting of the firm's four Managing Directors who have been with the firm for tenures ranging from 23 to 40 years. Will Browne and John Spears have worked together and have served as principals of the firm for over 35 years. No Managing Director or former general partner has ever left Tweedy, Browne to join another investment firm.


Focus and Commitment

We do not attempt to be all things to all people, but instead pursue a value-oriented approach to investment management first pioneered by Benjamin Graham. We invest in undervalued common stocks in the United States and outside the United States. Tweedy, Browne first began investing outside the U.S. in 1983 by applying the same principles of value investing that we had successfully applied for the management of U.S. securities. The Managing Directors of Tweedy, Browne have always invested right alongside the firm's clients. As of June 30, 2014, the current Managing Directors and retired principals and their families, as well as employees of Tweedy, Browne had more than $926.6 million in portfolios combined with or similar to client portfolios, including approximately $125.1 million in the Global Value Fund and $73.8 million in the Value Fund, $7.5 million in the Worldwide High Dividend Yield Value Fund and $5.5 million in the Global Value Fund II -- Currency Unhedged. We have always owned what our clients own.