Third Point Q2 Letter: Re-enters Alibaba, Adds BlackRock Stake ~ market folly

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Third Point Q2 Letter: Re-enters Alibaba, Adds BlackRock Stake

Dan Loeb's hedge fund firm Third Point was up 4.6% for the second quarter and is up 10.7% for the year.  Third Point's second quarter letter reveals they've re-entered Alibaba (BABA).  They feel now is the time to re-enter due to the company's launch of personalized advertising, new ad tech for brand advertisers, as well as revenue potential from higher ad loads, among other reasons.

Backing out net cash and some other stakes, Loeb's firm feels Alibaba's core business alone is worth $121 per share (around 15x their 2019 EPS estimate of $8.20) with earnings growing 30% year-on-year.  They feel BABA can close the valuation gap with competitors like Tencent, which trades at 32x consensus 2018 EPS.

Third Point also reveals a stake in BlackRock (BLK) in the letter.  Rather than simply being an asset manager. they feel it's "becoming a network or index-like business, with earnings power driven by ETFs (via iShares) and data & analytic services (via Aladdin).  They point out they're basically oligopoly businesses.

Also, a few months ago we highlighted how this hedge fund has gone activist on Nestle and we posted Third Point's letter on Nestle here.

Embedded below is Third Point's Q2 2017 letter:

You can download a .pdf copy here.

For other recent hedge fund letters, you can also read Greenlight Capital's Q2 letter here.

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