Friday, January 2, 2015

What We're Reading ~ Hedge Fund Links 1/2/15

For hedge funds, a year of highs and lows [WSJ]

The next chapter of Alibaba and the 106 hedge funds [ii alpha]

Tepper: 2015 might be like 1999 [CNBC]

David Herro on his evolution as an investor [ValueWalk]

Merchants' Gate Capital closes [Bloomberg]

Li Lu buys BYD during big dip [Forbes]

Hedge fund industry's top performers mainly small, little known [Reuters]

2015: the year hedge fund fees come down to earth? [CNN]

Time may be up for hedge fund replicants [FT]

Meredith Whitney's hedge fund said to be in turmoil [Bloomberg]

JANA Partners Blows Out Of Civeo Position

Barry Rosenstein's activist hedge fund firm JANA Partners has filed a Form 4 and 13D with the SEC regarding shares of Civeo (CVEO).  Per the filing, JANA Partners no longer owns any CVEO shares.

The Form 4 notes that JANA sold the bulk of its position on December 30th at prices of $4.13 and $4.29.  Shares fell over 50% during the month of December.

Per Google Finance, Civeo "operates in active oil, coal, natural gas and iron ore producing regions, including Canada, Australia and the United States. The Company is engaged in providing an integrated service offering to its customers, which include independent oil and natural gas companies, mining companies and oilfield and mining service companies. The Company’s premium accommodations services allow its customers to outsource their accommodations needs to a single supplier, maintaining employee welfare and satisfaction while focusing their investment on their core resource development efforts. In June 2014, Oil States International Inc completed spin-off of the Company."

You can view additional past portfolio activity from JANA Partners here.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Corvex Management Takes American Realty Capital Stake

Keith Meister's activist hedge fund Corvex Management has filed a 13D with the SEC regarding American Realty Capital (ARCP).  Per the filing, Corvex now owns 7.1% of the company with over 64.7 million shares (with 56.77 million of those shares underlying call options).  This is a new position for the hedge fund.

The activist filing indicates that Corvex has met with company management and want to add members to the board.  The filing was required due to activity on December 18th.

We've highlighted additional recent portfolio activity from Corvex here.

Per Google Finance, American Realty Capital is "a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company owns and acquires single-tenant, freestanding commercial real estate primarily subject to medium-term net leases with credit quality tenants."

Tiger Global Discloses On Deck Capital Position

Chase Coleman and Feroz Dewan's hedge fund Tiger Global has filed a 13G with the SEC regarding On Deck Capital (ONDK).  Per the filing, Tiger Global now owns 9.2% of the company with over 6,333,004 shares.

This is a newly disclosed equity stake and the filing was made due to activity on December 17th as the company recently completed its initial public offering (IPO).  It priced at $20 and now trades around $22.

Per Google Finance, On Deck Capital is "an online platform for small business lending. Enabled by its technology and analytics, the Company aggregates and analyzes data points from dynamic, disparate data sources to assess the creditworthiness of small businesses. Small businesses can apply for a term loan or line of credit on its Website and, using its OnDeck Score, it can make a funding decision immediately and transfer funds the same day."

You can view other Tiger Global portfolio activity here.

Eminence Capital Reveals Darling Ingredients Stake

Ricky Sandler's hedge fund firm Eminence Capital has filed a 13G with the SEC regarding shares of Darling Ingredients (DAR).  Per the filing, Eminence now owns 5% of the company with over 8.26 million shares.

This is a newly disclosed equity position for the fund and the filing was made due to activity on December 17th.

Per Google Finance, Darling Ingredients is "a provider of rendering, cooking oil and bakery waste recycling and recovery solutions. The Company collects and recycles animal by-products, bakery residual and used cooking oil from poultry and meat processors, commercial bakeries, grocery stores, butcher shops, and food service establishments and provides grease trap cleaning services to many of the same establishments."

We've recently highlighted other portfolio activity from Eminence Capital as well.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Viking Global Starts Avis Budget Group Position

Andreas Halvorsen's hedge fund firm Viking Global has started a new position in Avis Budget Group (CAR).  Per a 13G just filed with the SEC, Viking now owns 5% of the company with over 5.34 million shares.

They did not report owning a stake at the end of the third quarter.  The filing was made due to activity on December 17th.  This is now the second major hedge fund to file with the SEC regarding CAR shares.  We highlighted last week that Glenview Capital also was buying Avis Budget shares.

Per Google Finance, Avis Budget Group is "a provider of vehicle rental and car sharing services. The Company operates under brands Avis, Budget and Zipcar. The Company’s other brands include Budget Truck, Payless and Apex."

Carl Icahn Discloses Manitowoc Stake, Pushes For Company to Split Up

Activist investor Carl Icahn today filed a new 13D with the SEC concerning shares of Manitowoc (MTW).  Per the filing, Icahn now owns 7.77% of the company with over 10.5 million shares (including shares underlying call options).

This is a brand new position for him and the filing was required due to activity on December 17th.  The filing notes that Icahn wants the company to separate its Crane and Foodservice segments into two separate companies.

Per the 13D, Icahn was out buying MTW common stock in the middle of December at prices ranging from $16.83 to $19.30, along with August 2016 call options with an $18 strike.

We've recently covered some additional portfolio activity from Icahn as well.

Per Google Finance, Manitowoc is "a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer. MTW operates in two markets: Cranes and Related Products (Crane) and Foodservice Equipment (Foodservice). Crane is a provider of engineered lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. Foodservice is a manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment serving the ice, beverage, refrigeration, food-preparation, and cooking needs of restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, healthcare, and institutional applications."

Horizon Kinetics on Owner Operators

This presentation on owner operators from Horizon Kinetics is a few years old (2011) but still very much worth a read.  These types of investments have long drawn the attention of various investors and this takes a look at the history, definition, and more.

Embedded below is Horizon Kinetics' research piece on owner operators: