(This post is part of our series on tracking hedge fund portfolios. If you're unfamiliar with tracking investments they disclose via SEC filings, check out our series preface on hedge fund 13F filings.)
This is the first we've covered Matthew Grossman's hedge fund Plural Investments so here's some background. Grossman founded Plural Investments in 2008 with $900 million after previously serving as the Chief Investment Officer of CR Intrinsic (of Steven Cohen's SAC Capital). Prior to that, Grossman was an energy analyst with Julian Robertson's Tiger Management. Needless to say, he has quite the resume when it comes to prominent fund managers.
Fourth quarter 2009 was actually the very first time that Plural filed a 13F with the SEC. So, we don't have any quarter over quarter portfolio changes to update you on. However, this is the first major glimpse at its portfolio and as such we'll provide its top holdings.
Top 20 Holdings by percentage of assets reported on 13F filing
- Alcon (NYSE:ACL) Calls: 7.64%
- Grainger (NYSE:GWW): 3.07%
- Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS): 2.64%
- SPDR Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:GLD): 2.33%
- Eaton (NYSE:ETN): 2.05%
- Bucyrus (NASDAQ:BUCY): 2.02%
- US Oil Fund (NYSEARCA:USO): 1.95%
- Goodyear Tire & Rubber (NASDAQ:GT): 1.92%
- Dr Pepper Snapple (NYSE:DPS): 1.91%
- Flowserve (NYSE:FLS): 1.77%
- Alcon (ACL): 1.75%
- Humana (NYSE:HUM): 1.67%
- Wellpoint (WLP): 1.55%
- Union Pacific (NYSE:UNP): 1.37%
- CSX (NYSE:CSX): 1.28%
- Watsco (NYSE:WSO): 1.19%
- Bank of New York Mellon (NYSE:BK): 1.12%
- Cablevision (NYSE:CVC): 1.11%
- Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC): 1.10%
- Norfolk Southern (NYSE:NSC): 1.07%
So, an intriguing first look at Grossman's Plural Investments. Right away you can notice a few sector themes here. While they represent a smaller portion of his overall portfolio, railroads definitely catch the eye here. Grossman's hedge fund owns practically all the remaining majors left after Burlington Northern's (BNI) acquisition by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A). Plural owns shares in CSX, UNP, and NSC.
Also, we see that Grossman fancies healthcare here as he owns shares in both Wellpoint and Humana. By far and away his fund's largest position though is Alcon as it owns both calls and common stock on the name. Lastly, we'll make note of yet another hedge fund with exposure to gold (via GLD). Whether it be for hedging, a macro bet, or some other purpose though, we don't know. Overall, an interesting mix of stocks and we look forward to being able to compare portfolios next quarter.
Assets reported on the 13F filing were $826 million this quarter. Remember that these filings are not representative of the hedge fund's entire base of AUM [assets under management].
In our portfolio series we've already covered a ton of long/short equity hedge funds, including:
Value, Event-Driven or Activist focused funds such as: Seth Klarman's Baupost Group, Mohnish Pabrai's Investment Fund, Carl Icahn's hedge fund Icahn Partners, David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, Warren Buffett's portfolio, David Tepper's Appaloosa Management, Dan Loeb's Third Point, Eddie Lampert's RBS Partners, Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management, Ricky Sandler's Eminence Capital.
'Tiger Cub' and 'Tiger Seeded' funds (hedgies somehow tied to Julian Robertson): Stephen Mandel's Lone Pine Capital, John Griffin's Blue Ridge Capital, Lee Ainslie's Maverick Capital, David Ott's Viking Global, and Chris Shumway's hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners, Chase Coleman's Tiger Global, Roberto Mignone's Bridger Management, Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management Charles Anderson's Fox Point Capital, Jonathan Auerbach's Hound Partners, Lee Hobson's Highside Capital, David Stemerman's Conatus Capital, Matt Iorio's White Elm Capital, David Gallo's Valinor Management, Tom Brown's Second Curve Capital, and Robert Citrone's Discovery Capital.
As well as hedge funds employing various strategies ranging from long/short to merger arbitrage to global macro: John Paulson's hedge fund Paulson & Co, Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners, Thomas Steyer's Farallon Capital, John Burbank's Passport Capital, Brett Barakett's Tremblant Capital, George Soros' hedge fund Soros Fund Management, Phil Hempleman's Ardsley Partners.
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