Thursday, 31 May 2018

MormonLeaks: LDS Church owns at least $32B in U.S. stock market




(KUTV) — The LDS Church has U.S. stock market holdings valued of at least $32 billion according to information gathered from an independent website.
The church — officially titled The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — does not not publish the details of its finances, but the website MormonLeaks.io released information it says connects the church to 13 LLC companies that collectively owned the stocks at the end of 2017 and provides the collective value at $ 32,769,914,000. One of the financial reports was from 2015.
MormonLeaks wrote that each of the 13 companies have domains that are hosted by the LDS Church servers, that also hosts LDS.org and Mormon.org. "All of them were registered on July 21, 2016," according to MormonLeaks, that also provided a more technical explanation. It claimed there is little doubt the LLC domains are owned the church.
The information is taken -- MormonLeakes wrote Wednesday -- from forms required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for investment managers to deal with sums over $100 million. Those forms require business managers to be listed and MormonLeakes said that it attempted to contact all the managers of the LLCs, spoke to three of the 13 and one confirmed she was the business manager of the respective LLC. MormonLeaks said two men denied their connection to the respective LLC. That manager that confirmed the connection told MormonLeaks she could not answer if the LLC was owned by the Mormon Church.
MormonLinks provided the names of the 13 LLC companies:
  • Ashmore Wealth Management LLT, valued at $1,918,532,000.00
  • Argyll Research LLC, valued at $446,327,000.00
  • Clifton Park Capital Management, LLC, valued at $880,518,000.00
  • Cortland Advisers LLC, valued at 2,177,742,000.00
  • Elkfork Partners LLC, valued at $3,687,774,000.00
  • Flinton Capital Management LLC, valued at $2,943,847,000.00
  • Glen Harbor Capital Management LLC, valued at $4,407,275,000.00
  • Green Valley Investors LLC, valued at $2,098,464,000.00
  • Meadow Creek Investment Management LLC, valued at $4,603,236,000.00
  • Neuburgh Advisers LLC, valued at $2,791,122,000.00
  • Riverhead Capital Management LLC, valued at $2,361,388,000.00
  • Tiverton Asset Management LLC, valued at $1,598,252,000.00
  • Tyers Asset Management, valued at $2,855,436,000.00
The companies have a combined value of $32,769,914,000.00.
It also provided a spreadsheet, available HERE in over 400 pages, or downloadable from this page of MormonLeaks, that lists the total value of the shares owned by the companies at the time of their most recent year-end filing.
MormonLeaks is a non-profit media organization that says it collects and publishes information about the LDS Church and says it seeks greater transparency from it. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the LDS Church has not disclosed its finances since 1959. According to an article by the LDS Church owned Deseret News, the church donates about $40 million annually to humanitarian causes. The church claimed approximately 16 million members in 2017. Members are required to pay 10 percent of their income to the church to remain in good standing.
2News has reached out to the LDS Church for comment.
On May 22, the LDS Church released information pertaining to church finances.
According to the release, "The vast majority of Church operations are funded through the sacred tithes and offerings given by members."
The LDS Church states that only "a small portion of funds comes from businesses maintained by the Church."

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