Curtis Macnguyen's Ivory Capital Q2 Letter ~ market folly

Monday, July 25, 2011

Curtis Macnguyen's Ivory Capital Q2 Letter

Founded in 1998 by Curtis Macnguyen, Ivory Capital is a long/short equity hedge fund that focuses on value-based investments. It's worth noting that before founding Ivory, Macnguyen worked at Siegler, Colliery & Co, the same shop that Greenlight Capital founder David Einhorn previously worked for.

Ivory is based in Los Angeles and today we're covering their second quarter letter that updates their portfolio.

At quarter end, Ivory Capital's top five positions were:

1. Microsoft (MSFT) 6.5%
2. Yahoo! (YHOO) 5.1%
3. Citigroup (C) 4.0%
4. DeNA Co (TYO:2432) 2.7%
5. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) 2.6%

Performance & Equity Exposure

Ivory finished the second quarter -2.2% and year to date for 2011 they are -1.85%. Their equity exposure is 69.5% long and 43.4% short, leaving them net long 26.1%. While they saw outperformance in their other long positions of Sprint Nextel (S) and CVS Caremark (CVS), other longs hurt them.

Position Updates: Western Digital (WDC), Seagate Technology (STX) & Hospira (HSP)

The hedge fund thinks that consolidation in the hard disk drive industry should bring solid economics and dampen the cyclical nature of the industry. They also like STX's share repurchases and dividend (4.5% yield).

The current issue of our Hedge Fund Wisdom newsletter analyzes STX as numerous other hedge funds own shares (and it also features analysis of YHOO, a controversial stock at the moment).

Ivory also fancies generic injectables and infusion pump maker Hospira (HSP) because they see it as a strategic asset with 25% market share and high barriers to entry.

Embedded below is Ivory Capital's Q2 letter to investors (email readers come to the site to view):

For more letters from hedge funds, we've posted up the following:

- Oaktree Capital: Howard Marks' latest commentary

- Corsair Capital sees increased volatility ahead

- David Einhorn & Greenlight Capital's Q2 letter

- Third Point buys MOS & SLE

- Jonathan Ruffer worried about China

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