Dan Loeb's Third Point Buys Kraft, Various Healthcare Plays: July Exposure Report ~ market folly

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dan Loeb's Third Point Buys Kraft, Various Healthcare Plays: July Exposure Report

Just yesterday we posted up Dan Loeb & Third Point's Q2 letter and now we have some more portfolio metrics in the form of their latest monthly exposure report.  In July, Third Point Offshore was up 1.6% and is up 5.5% for the year.

Here are a few new takeaways from their latest exposure report:

- Long Kraft (KFT): The biggest news is that Third Point has disclosed a new position in Kraft Foods (KFT) and it is now their fifth largest position.  The company of course will be splitting into two: a North American grocery business and an emerging snacks business.

Although Pershing Square Capital no longer owns KFT shares, you can see Ackman's presentation on Kraft from a few years ago.  Third Point is most likely playing the spin-off, though.  Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund has also been a large owner of KFT.

- Long Healthcare Plays: Loeb's hedge fund also appears to have started new positions in UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Humana (HUM), Wellpoint (WLP), and Cigna (CI).  All of these names were 'top losers' for the fund during the month.  This is worth highlighting because it is the first time these stakes have been disclosed.  We recently flagged why David Einhorn likes Cigna as he recently bought the name as well.

- Third Point is net long the Americas by 70%, but net short EMEA by -4% and net short Asia by -10%.

- In equities, Loeb's firm is 35.4% net long (67.6% long and -32.2% short).  This marks a decent increase from June, where they were net long 27.3%.  Their largest net long sector exposure comes in technology, media & telecom (largely due to sizable Yahoo and Apple stakes).

- Their credit exposure remains somewhat unchanged from last month at 29.3% net long (37.8% long and -8.5% short).  Their largest exposure there continues to be asset backed securities.

Third Point's Top 5 Positions as of the end of July:

1. Yahoo! (YHOO)
2. Gold
3. Apple (AAPL)
4. Delphi (DLPH)
5. Kraft Foods (KFT)

Third Point's just-released Q2 letter details why Dan Loeb still owns Delphi, among other position updates.  We've also flagged how Loeb recently added to his Yahoo stake.

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