Hedge Fund Third Point Reduces Net Long Exposure: Latest Positioning ~ market folly

Monday, April 4, 2011

Hedge Fund Third Point Reduces Net Long Exposure: Latest Positioning

Dan Loeb's hedge fund firm Third Point LLC has released its March performance and exposure report. Third Point returned 0.9% in March and is up 8.6% year to date versus 5.9% for the S&P 500. Third Point's Offshore Fund now has an annualized return of 19%.

Latest Exposure Levels

Third Point is net long equities to the tune of 42.2%. This is a decrease of 14%, down from last month's 56.2% net long exposure. As various crises (risk) around the world escalated, Third Point has ratcheted their exposure down. In Loeb's year-end letter, he voiced that he was concerned about the consensus bullish view.

Third Point's largest net exposure is in energy, basic materials, and consumer. In credit, Third Point is 17.1% net long asset backed securities (RMBS & CMBS exposure), 11.5% net long distressed, 6.1% net long performing and -5.1% short government securities. Their credit allocations are largely unchanged from last month.

Third Point's Top Positions:

1. Gold
2. Delphi Corp
3. Chrysler
4. El Paso Corp (EP)
5. NXP Semiconductor (NXPI) ~ multiple securities held

In February, we highlighted how Loeb started El Paso as a new position and it remains one of their top holdings. This month, their exposure to NXP Semiconductor (NXPI) replaces LyondellBasell (LYB) as their fifth largest position.

NXPI is a prime player in the NFC (near field communications) space that seems to be sweeping the mobile industry as interest in mobile payments heats up. The company recently priced a secondary offering at $30 per share and has been doing a roadshow to drum up investor interest. This offering significantly helps liquidity in the stock and should allow larger hedge funds to accumulate positions.

Top Winners & Losers for Third Point

We get a glimpse at some of Third Point's other positions with their top winners from the month, including: CVR Energy (CVI), Short A, Statoil Fuel & Retail ASA (SFR), Aveta, and Health Net (HNET). Their top losing positions for the month include Potash (POT), PHH Corp (multiple securities held), Inmarsat, ProSieben (multiple securities held), and El Paso.

To see analysis of Loeb's portfolio and the investment thesis behind some of his picks, check out our Hedge Fund Wisdom newsletter.

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