Corsair Capital Provides Updates on Their Positions: Q1 Letter ~ market folly

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Corsair Capital Provides Updates on Their Positions: Q1 Letter

Jay Petschek and Steven Major's hedge fund Corsair Capital is out with their Q1 letter and in it they detail updates on their investments in: LyondellBasell (LYB), Shaw Group (SHAW), Republic Airways (RJET), Neo Material Technologies (NEM) and TNS (TNS).

Given that LYB has been owned by numerous hedge funds, we wanted to highlight their commentary:

LyondellBasell (LYB) - "Though the company reported a weak Q4 as expected, the market anticipates record-low gas prices will continue to suppress ethane prices, one of LYB's main input costs, thereby supporting high ethylene margins.  If current ethane prices are sustainable, the industry could enter a 'super-cycle' where LYB would show earnings previously not thought possible.  The company also took advantage of the current strong credit markets and refinanced $3 billion of debt, benefitting by both extending maturities and lowering interest payments."

Also, the fund addressed their position in Shaw Group (SHAW): "two of its main customers received the final requisite Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing to construct two new nuclear power plants and the EPA's increased environmental standards drove power plant maintenance contract wins.  The company also reported a strong fiscal Q2 and the upcoming divestiture of the Energy and Chemicals division in the next few months should create additional shareholder value.  We estimate that SHAW could earn $3.00/share in FY 2013, which would increase its net cash position to over $17.00/share."

We've previously posted up Corsair's investment thesis on Shaw Industries for further color.

Embedded below is Corsair Capital's Q1 letter:

Later this morning we also posted up Corsair's investment thesis on SunCoke Energy.

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