Tremblant Capital Reduces Rightmove Position ~ market folly

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tremblant Capital Reduces Rightmove Position

This is the second major hedge fund to reduce a position in UK-traded Rightmove (LON: RMV) in the past month. Brett Barakett's Tremblant Capital Group have reduced its previous 3.97% ownership stake in RMV below the 3% disclosure threshold.

Tremblant actually owned as much as 14.22% of the company back in September 2008 but has steadily reduced its position size since that peak. Before founding Tremblant, Barakett was a portfolio manager for Louis Bacon's global macro hedge fund Moore Capital. Also, Brett's brother, Timothy, used to run fellow hedge fund Atticus Capital.

Just last month, we highlighted that Lee Ainslie's hedge fund Maverick Capital had reduced its position in Rightmove below the 3% ownership stake as well.

Both hedge funds could either retain a small position in the name (<3% of shares each) or they could have sold out of the name completely; it's impossible to discern. We won't know anything further regarding these positions unless they breach the 3% threshold again.

Per Google Finance, Rightmove is "a United Kingdom-based company that operates in a residential property industry, connecting people to properties. The Company is principally engaged in the operation of the Rightmove Website,, which is the residential property portal. Its customers include estate agents, rental agents and home developers, who pay fees for the right to display properties on the Rightmove Website, which provide home hunters with property details to search."

Scroll through all our coverage of hedge fund activity in UK companies here.

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