Third Point Reveals Technicolor Position: Latest Exposure Levels ~ market folly

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Third Point Reveals Technicolor Position: Latest Exposure Levels

Dan Loeb's hedge fund Third Point returned 1.4% in April and is now up 10.1% for the year. His Offshore Fund has returned 19% annualized, manages $6.8 billion, and recently closed to investors.

Equity Exposure

As of the end of April, Third Point's largest net long equity exposure was in the consumer sector at 10% and energy at 9.5% according to their latest monthly factsheet. Their overall equity exposure is 60.2% long, -13.4% short, leaving them net long 46.8%. This marks a slight increase in net long exposure from last month, up 4.6%. In this arena, Third Point is largely focused on spin-outs.

Credit Exposure

Third Point is overall 29.4% net long credit with their largest exposure coming from mortgage backed securities at 17.1% and distressed at 11.9%. These levels remain largely the same from last month. They also remain short government credit at -4.7%.

Top Positions

- Gold
- Delphi Corp
- El Paso (EP)
- NXP Semiconductor (NXPI) ~ multiple securities held
- Technicolor (TCH) ~ multiple securities held

This is the first time we've seen a mention of Technicolor in their portfolio. Notably absent from their top positions this time around is Chrysler, which was their third largest holding last month. Delphi continues to be a top holding for Third Point and a few days ago we highlighted that David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital bought Delphi recently as well.

Third Point's winners in the past month include gold, LyondellBasell (LYB), NXPI, Delphi, and El Paso (EP). Losing positions in April include short A, Icelandic Banks (debt), CVR Energy (CVI), Sunoco (SUN), and NewPage.

You can read Third Point's theses on CVR Energy and El Paso here.

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