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Monday, December 28, 2009

Shumway Capital Partners Adds Long Exposure Via Blue Chip Stocks

This is the third quarter 2009 edition of our hedge fund portfolio tracking series. If you're unfamiliar with tracking hedge fund movements or SEC filings, check out our series preface on hedge fund 13F filings.

Next up in our series is Chris Shumway's hedge fund firm, Shumway Capital Partners. Chris Shumway runs an $8+ billion hedge fund and is best known for intensive fundamental research to create long/short equity portfolios. He is a 'Tiger Cub' because he formerly served as Julian Robertson's right-hand man while at Tiger Management. Taken from our post on 'Tiger Cub' biographies, "Chris Shumway is the Founding Partner of Shumway Capital Partners (“SCP”), an investment management firm founded in 2001. SCP, which manages a multibillion dollar group of private investment funds, uses a private equity-like research model for public market investment on a global basis. Prior to forming SCP, Mr. Shumway was a Senior Managing Director at Tiger Management (1992-1999), an Analyst at Brentwood Associates (1990-1991), and an Analyst at Morgan Stanley & Co. (1988-1990). He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School (1993) and a B.S. from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia (1988)."

Shumway has an solid performance record since inception and a rolling 3-year annualized return of 28+%. Shumway's performance at this metric landed them at #11 in Barron's top 100 hedge funds for 2009. Shumway's portfolio is one of the hedge funds included in our Market Folly portfolio that replicates hedge fund portfolios. It was created with Alphaclone and has over 25.5% annualized returns.

Keep in mind that the positions listed below were their long equity, note, and options holdings as of September 30th, 2009 as filed with the SEC. We don't cover every single portfolio maneuver, as we instead focus on all the big moves. All holdings are common stock unless otherwise denoted.

Some New Positions
Brand new positions that they initiated last quarter:

Yum Brands (YUM)
Pepsico (PEP)
Colgate Palmolive (CL)
Procter & Gamble (PG)
Walt Disney (DIS)
JPMorgan Chase (JPM)
Zimmer Holdings (ZMH)
Google (GOOG)
Google (GOOG) Calls
Cemex (CX)
Bard (BCR)
Time Warner (TWX)
PNC Financial (PNC)
CTrip (CTRP)
Charles Schwab (SCHW)
Laboratory Corp (LH)
Weatherford International (WFT)
Nordstrom (JWN)
Omnicom (OMC)
American Tower (AMT)
Quest Diagnostic (DGX)
Ingersoll-Rand (IR)

Some Increased Positions
Positions they already owned but added shares to:
Visa (V): Increased position by 400%
Juniper Networks (JNPR): Increased by 242.4%
Las Vegas Sands (LVS): Increased by 183.8%
Wyeth (WYE): Increased by 173.9%
Qualcomm (QCOM): Increased by 147.7%
Goldman Sachs (GS): Increased by 140.9%
Walgreen (WAG): Increased by 36.2%
Equinix (EQIX): Increased by 35.5%
Waters (WAT): Increased by 30.5%
EMC (EMC): Increased by 26.4%

Some Reduced Positions
Stakes they sold shares in but still own:
SBA Communications (SBAC): Reduced position by 58.8%
Bank of America (BAC): Reduced by 38.4%
Wells Fargo (WFC): Reduced by 28.1%
Mastercard (MA): Reduced by 21.2%
Urban Outfitters (URBN): Reduced by 19.7%

Removed Positions
Positions they sold out of completely:
Priceline (PCLN)
CVS Caremark (CVS)
Pfizer (PFE)
Research in Motion (RIMM)
RenaissanceRe (RNR)
Entergy (ETR)
Annaly Capital Management (NLY)
Bank of America (BAC) Calls
Crown Castle (CCI)
Partnerre (PRE)
Arch Capital Group (ACGL)
Covance (CVD)
Nii Holdings (NIHD) Bonds
Cisco Systems (CSCO) Calls
Netease (NTES)
Citigroup (C)
Blackboard (BBBB) Bonds

Top 15 Holdings by percentage of assets reported on 13F filing

  1. Cisco (CSCO): 4.62%
  2. Equinix (EQIX): 4.29%
  3. EMC (EMC): 4.08%
  4. Mastercard (MA): 3.93%
  5. Teva Pharmaceutical (TEVA): 3.88%
  6. Visa (V): 3.87%
  7. Apple (AAPL): 3.68%
  8. Bank of America (BAC): 3.37%
  9. Juniper (JNPR): 2.96%
  10. Yum Brands (YUM): 2.81%
  11. Pepsico (PEP): 2.74%
  12. Colgate Palmolive (CL): 2.73%
  13. Procter & Gamble (PG): 2.71%
  14. Qualcomm (QCOM): 2.47%
  15. Walgreen (WAG): 2.46%

The main thing to takeaway from Shumway Capital Partners' portfolio update is that they increased long US equities exposure. And, the interesting thing is that it was mainly via brand new positions, many in large cap, blue-chip names including Yum Brands, Pepsico, Colgate Palmolive, Procter & Gamble, and more.

Shumway's top three holdings are very concentrated in the tech trade and in particular, data. They increased their positions in EMC and EQIX by over 25% each. One name they really boosted was Visa (V) as they added to it by a whopping 400%. Additionally, they increased stakes in Juniper Networks and Las Vegas Sands by sizable amounts. They sold completely out of Priceline (PCLN), CVS Caremark (CVS), Pfizer (PFE), and Research in Motion (RIMM) all positions that had previously been over 2% of their reported 13F assets.

They decreased their holdings in technology and increased their stake in services. Below you'll find graphical representations of the recent shifts in Shumway Capital Partners' portfolio courtesy of Drew Robertson at Financial Research Station:
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Assets from the collective holdings reported to the SEC via 13F filing were $7.4 billion this quarter compared to $4.4 billion last quarter, so a substantial amount of capital was deployed on the long side. Please keep in mind that when we state "percentage of portfolio," we are referring to the percentage of assets reported on the 13F filing. Since these filings only report longs (and not shorts or cash positions), the percentages are skewed. Also, please again note that these positions were as of September 30th so two months have elapsed and they've undoubtedly shifted around their portfolio since then.

This is just one of the 40+ prominent funds that we'll be covering in our Q3 2009 hedge fund portfolio series. We've already covered Seth Klarman's Baupost Group Bill Ackman's Pershing Square, Stephen Mandel's Lone Pine Capital, Dan Loeb's Third Point LLC, David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, John Paulson's firm Paulson & Co, Lee Ainslie's Maverick Capital, Andreas Halvorsen's Viking Global, Chase Coleman's Tiger Global, Brett Barakett's Tremblant Capital, and John Griffin's Blue Ridge Capital. Check back daily as we'll be covering new hedge fund portfolios.

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