Hedge Fund Shumway Capital Partners Adds Large New Stakes in Kraft Foods, Comcast (13F Filing Q1 2010) ~ market folly

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Hedge Fund Shumway Capital Partners Adds Large New Stakes in Kraft Foods, Comcast (13F Filing Q1 2010)

(This post is part of our series on tracking hedge fund portfolios. If you're unfamiliar with tracking investments they disclose via SEC filings, check out our series preface on hedge fund filings.)

Next up is Chris Shumway's hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners. Prior to founding his firm, Shumway was previously one of Julian Robertson's right-hand men at legendary hedge fund Tiger Management. As such, he joins the other successful Tiger Cubs and is included in the Tiger Cub portfolio created with Alphaclone for hedge fund replication. Shumway Capital Partners focuses on intensive fundamental research to drive their long/short equity strategy. Back in 2009, Shumway was listed in Barron's top 100 hedge funds for 2009 with a rolling 3-year annualized return of 28%. However, 2010 has proven difficult for the firm as their Sakkonet Fund was down 10% in May after they had gained 4.3% through April. Shumway received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

The positions listed below were their long equity, note, and options holdings as of March 31st, 2010 as filed with the SEC. All holdings are common stock unless otherwise denoted:

Brand New Positions
Kraft Foods (KFT)
Comcast (CMCSA)
Air Products & Chemicals (APD)
Bank of America (BAC)
General Dynamics (GD)
Bard (BCR)
Staples (SPLS)
Liberty Global (LBTYA)
CME Group (CME)
Comcast (CMCSK)
TD Ameritrade (AMTD)
Illumina (ILMN)
Lowe's (LOW)
Discovery Communications (DISCA)
Cablevision (CVC)
Hartford Financial (HIG)
Sigma Aldrich (SIAL)
Waters (WAT)
Annaly Capital Management (NLY)
Credit Suisse (CS)
Liberty Global (LBTYK)
Illinois Toolworks (ITW)
SBA Communications (SBAC) Notes

Increased Positions
Novo (NVO): Increased position size by 413.8%
Goldman Sachs (GS): Increased by 275.4%
Baidu (BIDU): Increased by 85.4%
Apple (AAPL): Increased by 62.4%
Cisco Systems (CSCO): Increased by 57.2%
Disney (DIS): Increased by 47.6%
PNC Financial (PNC): Increased by 32.2%
Ingersoll-Rand (IR): Increased by 28.5%
Pfizer (PFE): Increased by 21.1%

Reduced Positions
Wells Fargo (WFC): Reduced position by 74.7%
Omnicom Group (OMC): Reduced by 70.8%
Juniper Networks (JNPR): Reduced by 62.4%
Pepsico (PEP): Reduced by 61.4%
Las Vegas Sands (LVS): Reduced by 60.2%
Urban Outfitters (URBN): Reduced by 57.9%
St Jude Medical (STJ): Reduced by 54.8%
Ctrip (CTRP): Reduced by 53.7%
JPMorgan Chase (JPM): Reduced by 45.8%
Gap (GPS): Reduced by 41.9%
Mastercard (MA): Reduced by 36.4%
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): Reduced by 24.7%
Quest Diagnostics (DGX): Reduced by 22.9%
Visa (V): Reduced by 22.6%
Salesforce.com (CRM): Reduced by 15.4%

Positions They Sold Out of Completely
Qualcomm (QCOM)
Qualcomm (QCOM) Calls
Select Sector Financials (XLF) Calls
Freeport McMoran (FCX)
Brocade Communications (BRCD)
Colgate Palmolive (CL)
CVS Caremark (CVS)
Radioshack (RSH)
Memc Electronics (WFR)
Fifth Third (FITB)
Allstate (ALL)
Monsanto (MON)
Research in Motion (RIMM)
NII Holdings (NIHD) Notes
Kinross Gold (KGC) Notes
BioMarin Pharmaceutical (BMRN) Notes

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

1. Apple (AAPL): 9.5%
2. Disney (DIS): 5.8%

3. Cisco Systems (CSCO): 5.3%
4. Kraft Foods (KFT): 5.3%
5. Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA): 5.3%
6. Pfizer (PFE): 4.6%
7. Equinix (EQIX): 4.5%
8. Goldman Sachs (GS): 3.9%
9. Time Warner (TWX): 3.7%
10. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): 3.5%
11. Comcast (CMCSA): 2.7%
12. Visa (V): 2.5%
13. Baidu (BIDU): 2.4%
14. Mastercard (MA): 2.2%
15. JPMorgan Chase (JPM): 2.1%

Shumway's biggest portfolio change was their new position in Kraft Foods (KFT) as it is now their fourth largest US equity long. Numerous other hedgies like KFT these days, including Bill Ackman who previously detailed his investment thesis on Kraft. Additionally, Shumway started quite a sizable stake in Comcast (via CMCSA and CMCSK). They were also out adding to some of their mainstay holdings such as Apple, Cisco Systems, Disney, and Pfizer.

We also wanted to point out that their Equinix (EQIX) position listed above is only their equity stake. Shumway also holds various notes and their aggregate exposure to EQIX actually makes it one of their largest positions (slightly smaller than the size of their CSCO stake). And if you hadn't already noticed, many stocks in their portfolio are those on Goldman Sachs' VIP list of stocks most important to hedge funds. Maybe that helps explain their poor performance in the month of May.

On the selling side of things, Shumway Capital Partners was also somewhat active. In the fourth quarter of 2009, we saw that Shumway was betting big on Wells Fargo (WFC). Well, that certainly changed quickly as they dumped almost 75% of their position in the first quarter of 2010. However, in the financial sector they added to their stakes in Goldman Sachs and PNC Financial. Additionally, they sold completely out of hedge fund favorite stocks Qualcomm, EMC, Research in Motion and Freeport McMoran. It was also interesting to see Shumway sell out of CVS Caremark as we've seen some other hedge fund managers bullish on CVS shares as of late.

Assets reported on Shumway's 13F filing were $7.9 billion this quarter. Data from the SEC is aggregated and sorted automatically by Alphaclone, our source for hedge fund tracking, replicating, and performance backtesting (Market Folly readers can receive a special free 14 day trial). Remember that these filings are not representative of the hedge fund's entire base of AUM.

This post is part of our daily hedge fund portfolio tracking series. We've already detailed activity from numerous managers so click the links below to be taken to the respective portfolio updates: Seth Klarman's Baupost Group, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Stephen Mandel's Lone Pine Capital, and Bill Ackman's Pershing Square, David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, Eddie Lampert's RBS Partners, David Tepper's Appaloosa Management, Mohnish Pabrai's Investment Fund, John Griffin's Blue Ridge Capital, Lee Ainslie's Maverick Capital, Bruce Berkowitz's Fairholme Capital Management, Andreas Halvorsen's Viking Global, Dan Loeb's Third Point, John Paulson's hedge fund Paulson & Co, Chase Coleman's Tiger Global, Roberto Mignone's Bridger Management, Phil Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners, and David Stemerman's Conatus Capital. Be sure to check back daily for new hedge fund updates.

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