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Monday, March 4, 2013

Dan Loeb's Third Point Reveals Positions in Virgin Media & EADS

Dan Loeb's hedge fund firm Third Point is out with its latest exposure report and they were up 1.2% for February and are up 6% year-to-date.

New Positions Revealed

The major news in their portfolio is newly revealed positions in Virgin Media (VMED) and EADS in Europe.  Virgin Media is set to be acquired by Liberty Global (LBTYA) so this is now a merger arbitrage play.

They did not own a stake at the end of 2012 so all buying has been done in 2013.  And they certainly did a lot of buying as VMED is now their second largest position.  We've also detailed how Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management has been a big owner of VMED (and they also own LBTYA as well).

Third Point's position in European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) was listed as a 'top winner' for the month and this is the first time this position has appeared on their sheet.  The Dutch based company is listed in the French stock market and Third Point hasn't had to file with regulators there since it's a large cap and they haven't crossed the ownership thresholds. So, it's hard to say when they actually initiated the position. 

Thomson Reuters' data also lists Andreas Halvorsen's Viking Global as holding 1.44% of shares (although it appears as though they've been selling rather than buying recently.)

Third Point's Top Holdings

As of the end of February, here are Loeb's top positions:

1. Yahoo! (YHOO)
2. Virgin Media (VMED)
3. Gold
4. American International Group (AIG)
5. Ally Financial (Multiple securities held)

Exposure Levels

In terms of equity exposure, Third Point is now 47.3% net long.  This is an increase from the month prior as they were 37.8% net long in January.  One sector they are now net short is healthcare (-0.6%).

Their top winners last month included Morgan Stanley (MS) and Herbalife (HLF).  Their investment theses on both stocks were detailed in Third Point's Q4 letter.

Third Point is 27.1% net long credit, -9.4% and net short macro trades (largely government securities it looks like).

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