Corsair Capital's Investment Thesis on Shaw Group (SHAW) ~ market folly

Friday, October 7, 2011

Corsair Capital's Investment Thesis on Shaw Group (SHAW)

Jay Petschek and Steven Major's $749 million hedge fund Corsair Capital recently sent their third quarter letter to investors and attached a write-up of their new position in Shaw Group (SHAW). Below you'll find their investment thesis.

The hedge fund bought SHAW as shares have tumbled due to the nuclear disaster in Japan. SHAW currently trades just under $22 per share and Corsair writes,

"We believe SHAW is worth $37-$43 per share and will trade near that level over the next year. Several catalysts will drive the stock higher including reporting a simplified and cash-rich balance sheet, executing a buyback worth 30% of the current market cap (the 2nd such program in calendar year 2011), and earnings growth in FY 2012."

They also believe that if those various catalysts do not result in the stock trading higher, Shaw Group could potentially be a compelling takeover target for competitors who could use stock to finance the acquisition.

Embedded below is the letter. Email readers please click to come read Corsair's thesis on Shaw Group:

For more on Corsair, we covered their past letter where they anticipated increased market volatility as well as their investment thesis on Innophos.

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