Third Point's Q1 Letter: United Technologies, DowDuPont, Lennar & Dover ~ market folly

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Third Point's Q1 Letter: United Technologies, DowDuPont, Lennar & Dover

Dan Loeb's hedge fund firm Third Point is out with its first quarter letter.  During Q1, they returned -0.6%.  The letter talks about their new stake in United Technologies (UTX). 

They're pushing for a split-up into 3 companies: Otis, CCS, and an aerospace company.  They see this driving $20 billion of excess value (>20% of market cap) due to the fact that all three standalone companies should trade at higher multiples based on equivalent peers. 

They write, "Otis peers Kone and Schindler trade on average at 15x forward EV/EBITDA.  CCS peers, Allegion, Ingersoll-Rand, and Lennox, trade on average at 13x forward EV/EBITDA.  The remaining aerospace company would be the only liquid, US large-cap aerospace supplier other than TransDigm, which trades at 15x forward EV/EBITDA."  They also note though that management seems 'less open' to a three-way split than shareholders might want. 

Third Point also provide updates on their positions in DowDuPont (DWDP) and Lennar (LEN).  The former is one of their largest positions and they see a discount to intrinsic value that has widened.  The latter they view as the best homebuilder in the industry with the best set of veterans.  They also updated their Dover (DOV) position, noting the event-driven nature of the company now. 

You can read Third Point's full Q1 2018 letter embedded below:

You can download a .pdf copy here.

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