Glenview Capital Q4 Letter on McDonald's, T-Mobile, Auto Dealers & More ~ market folly

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Glenview Capital Q4 Letter on McDonald's, T-Mobile, Auto Dealers & More

Larry Robbins' hedge fund firm, Glenview Capital, is out with its fourth quarter letter to investors. Glenview's Opportunity Fund returned 25.25% net in 2014. 

In the letter, Robbins outlines his thesis on auto dealers (Group 1 Automotive ~ GPI), Flextronics (FLEX), McDonald's (MCD), PHH (PHH), T-Mobile (TMUS), and pharma roll-up plays like Actavis (ACT) and Endo (ENDP).

Glenview's Q4 Letter Takeaways

On McDonald's (MCD):  This is a new stake for Glenview and they feel there's basically 5 ways to make a 'happy meal' to help the company: operational turnaround, SGA rationalization, refranchising, additional leverage, and real estate.  They feel this could trade as high as $169 (currently trades around $99.)

On MCD, Robbins writes, "Fundamentally, McDonald’s has a number of characteristics that we look for in good businesses. Approximately 75% of EBITDA is driven by royalties and rent, which is a secure, stable earnings stream free of operating leverage. Food, in general, is a defensive end market, and McDonald’s positioning at the value end of the spectrum provides further insulation from material cyclicality as evidenced by positive same store sales in the U.S. and positive consolidated EPS growth in every year throughout the last recession."

On T-Mobile (TMUS): Glenview has owned this company since 2013 but bought more shares in December 2014.  They feel the company has a few positive things going for it to continue its growth: aggressively going after new subscribers, deploying spectrum to address new customers, and seeing positive FCF generation this year. 

They also like that the company is a "key strategic asset" and that their parent company Deutsche Telekom is looking to sell.  Glenview feels TMUS could either: try to tie-up with Dish Network and their spectrum, seek a sale to a foreign buyer, or again try to merge with Sprint once a new political administration takes office in 2016.

Embedded below is Glenview's Q4 letter:

For more from this hedge fund, yesterday we posted up some more of Glenview's recent portfolio activity.

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