Thursday, June 20, 2024

12 months Finish 2023 Portfolio Evaluation

Markets have seen fairly the rally previously two months, my portfolio adopted alongside, pulling my returns for 2023 as much as 38.54% for 2023 versus 26.29% for the S&P 500.  My lifetime-to-date IRR is at present 22.47%, which continues to be above my 20.00% purpose.  

Regardless of the great yr, I am nonetheless beneath my excessive water mark on account of a disappointing 2022.  I love anybody that invests professionally by unstable markets, my returns would not be nearly as good if I used to be managing exterior capital.

Up to date Ideas on Present Positions

As common, these temporary updates have been written over the previous two weeks, share costs might need moved round slightly, however hopefully nonetheless directionally related.  Excuse the inevitable typos.

Damaged Biotech Basket:

  • Homology Medicines (FIXX) has been the laggard within the damaged biotech basket, in November the corporate introduced a reverse merger with Q32 Bio, a non-public biotech centered on the remedy of extreme alopecia areata and atopic dermatitis, hair loss and a pores and skin situation respectively.  The transaction assigned an $80MM ($60MM of money, $20MM public itemizing) to FIXX unique of their legacy belongings, which equates to roughly $1.38/share in comparison with the present share worth of $0.55/share.  The money at closing is predicted to be $115MM, pre-merger FIXX shareholders will personal 25% of the post-merger firm, or roughly $0.50/share in money.  It’s not uncommon within the present marketplace for the enterprise worth of a pre-revenue biotech to be close to zero, however along with the NewCo, FIXX shareholders will get a CVR for the monetization of any legacy belongings.  There’s motive to imagine that the CVR could have some worth, FIXX’s IP had preliminary constructive Section 1 outcomes, however the information remains to be “immature and inconclusive”.  Plus there’s the JV, OXB Options, that might be put to Oxford Biomedia Options for five.5x TTM income by March 2025.  My present plan is to carry by the reverse merger, perhaps the title change, upcoming Section 2 research information readouts (second half of 2024), conferences/investor attain out, and so forth., will encourage conventional biotech buyers to rotate into the inventory offering a barely higher exit.  And I am bullish on the CVR, it will act as a liquidating belief, Q32 Bio wants to make use of “business affordable efforts” to get rid of the legacy belongings.
  • Graphite Bio (GRPH) is the same scenario, in addition they introduced a reverse merger in November, this one with LENZ Therapeutics, LENZ has a late stage product candidate for treating close to sightedness that’s anticipating a Section 3 learn out within the second quarter of 2024.  GRPH shareholders will obtain roughly a $1/share particular dividend at shut (focused for Q1) plus will personal 30.7% of the post-merger LENZ.  Submit-merger LENZ is predicted to have $225MM in money after shut (there is a $53.5MM PIPE), equating to a different ~$1.20/share of money per GRPH share.  GRPH at present trades at $2.33/share, giving it solely a barely constructive enterprise worth, appears cheapish for a biotech with a close to time period catalyst in an enormous addressable market.  I will possible maintain onto the stub and see what occurs.
  • AVROBIO (AVRO) introduced strategic alternate options in July and remains to be figuring out its subsequent steps.  As of 9/30, the corporate has ~$100MM of NCAV, assuming one other $10MM of money burn (they additional lowered their workforce in October) earlier than a deal might be commenced would equate to $2/share of worth with none worth attributed to their IP.  AVRO offered one in all their packages to Novartis for $80+MM, the opposite, HSC gene remedy for Gaucher, might need some worth as a kicker.  Shares at present commerce for $1.32/share, making it a gorgeous danger/reward.
  • Pieris Prescribed drugs (PIRS) ran up rapidly after my preliminary write-up, I took earnings, however then it fell and I re-entered, slightly too early in hindsight as shares have dropped roughly in half since.  As of 9/30, PIRS had $30.5MM in web present asset worth, or $0.31/shares versus a present share worth round $0.15/share.  That quantity would not embrace a lot of IP belongings and probably invaluable partnerships, however with restricted money on an absolute foundation, they’re going to want to maneuver pretty rapidly.  Pieris did simply terminate their working lease, usually a precursor to a deal announcement.  This one is on the riskier facet, however could possibly be attention-grabbing for those who see any worth of their hodgepodge of IP.
  • Sio Gene Therapies (SIOX) is a liquidation that is now a darkish inventory.  One reader has been retaining higher tabs on the liquidation than me (see the feedback), apparently they’ve two of their three subsidiaries liquidated and will have the third achieved quickly.  The anticipated preliminary distribution within the proxy assertion was $0.38-$0.42/share versus a present worth of $0.37/share.  It has been an annoying wait with limited-to-no public disclosure, which is among the downsides of investing in liquidations, you should have a sure persona quirk to set it apart within the meantime.  Hope this liquidation is put to mattress quickly.
  • Cyteir Therapeutics (CYT) is within the closing phases (as we have seen with SIOX, might final some time) of its company life, shareholders authorized the liquidation plan on 11/16/23 and now we await timing of the liquidation distribution which is estimated at $2.92 to $3.31/share within the firm’s proxy.  Liquidation estimates are usually conservative and this seems to be a cleaner scenario than most as CYT is simply holding again $500k for a reserve account.  Shares commerce at $3.09/share, I possible would not purchase it at present, however content material to carry awaiting the liquidation distribution.
  • Kinnate Biopharma (KNTE) and Theseus Prescribed drugs (THRX) are in related conditions to one another the place Foresite and OrbiMed, as a bunch, have indicated plans to make a suggestion for every firm.  Presumably the construction would lead to a money buyout for a reduction to web money plus a CVR for any IP worth, just like Pardes Biosciences (PRDS) which Foresite took non-public earlier within the yr.  Each shares commerce for under a slight low cost to my finest guess of a take non-public supply (5-15% upside on every), however it’s price retaining an eye fixed out for different biotechs the place these two are concerned as they pop up.  Late breaking information, on the Friday earlier than the Christmas vacation weekend, Theseus introduced they reached an settlement with Kevin Tang’s Concentra Biosciences for $3.90-$4.05/share in money, plus a CVR for 80% of legacy asset gross sales proceeds and 50% of synergies.  I am a bit stunned that it was Tang versus Foresite/OrbiMed however hopefully which means properly for Kinnate.
  • Eliem Therapeutics (ELYM) is a brand new addition to the basket, nothing an excessive amount of has modified since that write-up.
  • Reneo Prescribed drugs (RPHM) obtained a suggestion from Kevin Tang’s Concentra Biosciences for $1.80 per share plus a CVR for 80% of any legacy asset gross sales.  Contemplating the corporate has not but declared strategic alternate options formally, I feel it may be a while earlier than we right here an official sure/no response to the supply or an alternate deal.  However with Tang tossing in a money supply early, perhaps it’s much less possible Reneo chooses the reverse merger path.

Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR) is a damaged biotech adjoining thought, in contrast to the others, it is a income producing firm that has a non-satin business product (Nexletol) for ldl cholesterol.  Esperion is locked in a lawsuit with their main commercialization associate, Daiichi Sankyo, over a disputed milestone fee tied to the quantity of “relative danger discount” for coronary heart assaults and different cardiovascular ailments/occasions that was reported within the firm’s CLEAR Outcomes Examine.  Esperion has a PDUFA date set for 3/31/24 that will develop the label of their main asset to incorporate cardiovascular danger discount and a trial begin date of 4/15/24 with Daiichi Sankyo.  This stays a speculative thought, however could possibly be a multi-bagger if each catalysts go their means within the first half of 2024.

Mereo BioPharma (MREO) is extra of a regular-way biotech, the unique thesis revolved round Rubric Capital taking an activist stance and gaining board seats with a normal plan to understand the sum of the components valuation of MREO’s hodgepodge of packages.  No publicly disclosed progress has been made in that regard, however the firm did report constructive Section 2 outcomes for Setrusumab in sufferers with osteogenesis imperfecta with associate Ultragenyx (RARE) that boosted the inventory.  Following the announcement, Rubric Capital has been a constant purchaser of MREO shares, giving confidence that their plan is figuring out.

Albertsons (ACI) and beforehand unmentioned Spirit Airways (SAVE) are two properly lined merger arbitrage conditions that do not essentially want extra inked spilled on them.  I will use this put up as a thanks to Andrew Walker and his great Substack/Podcast, he actually ramped up protection on Spirit because the market turned more and more nervous in early November dropping the shares into the low $10s/share.  I picked some up and the market has bid up shares since awaiting a ruling any day now of their anti-trust case with the U.S. authorities.  Albertsons is going through related push again, regulators are pointing to native market monopolies just like Spirit, though I nonetheless imagine the asset divestiture and any additional divestitures ought to be capable of create a compromise scenario given Albertsons and Krogers normal lack of nationwide overlap.

MBIA (MBI) is a bond insurance coverage firm that has been in runoff for a few years now.  It has complicated accounting on account of a GoodCo/BadCo construction hiding the worth of the GoodCo of their consolidated financials.  My unique thesis centered round MBIA placing itself up on the market, however as charges elevated (this firm can also be very rate of interest delicate on account of their bond funding portfolio) and the Puerto Rico Electrical Energy Authority (“PREPA”) restructuring persevering with to pull on, the corporate paused the sale course of since they presumably weren’t getting wherever close to administration’s adjusted e-book worth of $27/share.  At first of December, shares have been buying and selling beneath $8/share, then some fortunate information hit that Nationwide Public Finance Assure Company (the GoodCo) was dividending as much as the father or mother $550MM in a particular dividend.  A lot of which was then going to be distributed to MBIA shareholders in an $8/share dividend, greater than the shares have been buying and selling on the time.  Submit particular distribution, the corporate ought to have a e-book worth of ~$11-12/share ex-BadCo and ~$19/share for those who use administration’s changes and again out the unrealized losses on their funding portfolio and add of their unearned premiums.  On the 11/3/23 Q3 earnings name, CEO Invoice Fallon (presumably figuring out the Nationwide dividend was a chance/chance) mentioned, “With regard to the strategic alternate options, as we have instructed previously, we expect the optimum transaction can be a sale of the corporate.”  With shares present buying and selling for $6/share, there’s nonetheless room for a wholesome premium for MBIA shareholders and a reduction to e-book for an acquirer.  Absent a deal, if charges do certainly come down and municipal credit stay sturdy, MBIA can proceed to limp alongside in runoff, returning capital by way of both repurchasing shares or doubtlessly extra particular dividends in future years.  I misplaced a good quantity on some name choices speculating on a takeout earlier within the yr, I will not make that very same mistake with MBI at present, however I proceed to carry.

HomeStreet (HMST) is a regional financial institution based mostly in Seattle that additionally does lots of enterprise in southern California, which was caught up within the deposit flight disaster final spring.  I purchased it after a Bloomberg article instructed the corporate was exploring a merger or an asset sale, later we discovered that a number of bidders have made presents for the corporate’s DUS enterprise line (a license that permits them to straight originate Fannie Mae business loans), however the firm has up to now not been agreeable to a sale.  HomeStreet’s deposits prices have risen dramatically, squeezing web curiosity margin, they’ve lower bills, and lowered mortgage originations to the purpose the place they could possibly be categorised as a zombie financial institution.  A full out sale is extremely unlikely right here within the close to time period, any acquirer can be required to mark-to-market HomeStreet’s steadiness sheet, which at present would have detrimental fairness worth as a result of present worth of their mortgage portfolio (charge pushed, not credit score pushed, but).  With out the DUS asset sale as a catalyst, this financial institution is one massive guess on decrease rates of interest, certainly in the previous few weeks, shares have spiked again above $9/share.  Tangible e-book worth is $26/share (ex-loan honest market worth), if charges decline sufficient over the subsequent yr or two, HomeStreet will limp alongside till the accounting is passable sufficient the place they turn into an acquisition goal by somebody with a stronger deposit franchise.  That is a little bit of thesis drift for me and I’ve loads of rate of interest danger elsewhere in my portfolio, so I’d exit this place for future new concepts.

First Horizon (FHN) is a mid-to-large sized regional financial institution that does most of its enterprise within the southeastern United States.  It got here on my radar when their sale to TD Financial institution was terminated after regulators made it clear they have been penalizing TD for earlier anti-money laundering wrongdoings by not approving the merger.  The deal broke in direction of the tail finish of the regional financial institution panic earlier this yr and FHN offered off arduous as arbs exited and market contributors have been uncertain if the regional financial institution mannequin was even sustainable anymore.  Six months later, issues have calmed down significantly for banks, deposit prices are nonetheless rising however with the Fed about to pivot, many financial institution board rooms are respiratory a sigh of reduction.  First Horizon is a stable franchise, footprint has good demographics (though I’ve seen some tales about multi-family overbuilding in Nashville), minimal mark-to-market losses and robust capital ratios to the purpose the place administration has signaled plans to return money to shareholders subsequent yr by repurchasing shares.  On the detrimental facet, the financial institution had a shock mortgage go unhealthy for $72MM (Yellow perhaps?) they usually’ve acquired some expense ramp taking place as FHN modernizes its expertise stack.  At present it trades at $13.80/share, tangible e-book worth is $11.22/share, a goal valuation of 1.5x e-book nonetheless appears affordable, which might yield a $16.83/share goal worth.  I am content material holding till we get a bit nearer to that quantity, perhaps get long-term capital features tax remedy too.

Banc of California (BANC) is one other regional financial institution that closed on their transformational merger with PacWest (PACW) after the previous acquired caught up in final spring’s banking disaster.  Following the merger, Banc of California ought to have a tangible e-book worth round $14.25/share in comparison with the present share worth of $13.43/share (0.94x e-book), with earnings steerage of $1.65-$1.80/share (12% ROE, sub-8x earnings).  My thesis continues to be that there might be vital realized synergies as the 2 banks had vital overlap which is able to turn into extra obvious in 2025 earnings.  Till then, the financial institution is in fairly first rate form after an fairness injection, low 80s loan-to-deposit ratio and sub-4% workplace publicity.

CKX Lands (CKX) is a micro cap (~$25MM) land financial institution in Louisiana the place administration is doubtlessly seeking to take it non-public (administration hasn’t mentioned this explicitly, however the firm is exploring strategic alternate options) as plans advance for a carbon seize sequestration plant on or close to CKX’s land.  Traditionally, CKX has generated income from timber gross sales, oil and fuel royalties and different miscellaneous land charges.  The rock beneath CKX’s land is porous rock that makes it appropriate for carbon seize sequestration expertise, which is actually means accumulating the pollutive output of the world’s quite a few refineries and piping it again deep into the earth.  If a sequestration plant is constructed on CKX land, the corporate can be entitled to a income share, administration may be making an attempt to get forward of that occasion by taking the corporate non-public.  This article gives a fantastic overview of the sequestration alternative and mentions CKX CEO Grey Stream fairly a bit.  I haven’t got a fantastic sense of what the honest worth is for CKX, however others extra acquainted with the scenario have put an $18/share worth of it, at present it trades a bit beneath $13/share.
MRC World (MRC) is a distributor centered on pure fuel utilities, power transition tasks and servicing the upstream oil & fuel trade.  No MRC particular information has actually come out since my write-up, so it nonetheless holds up pretty properly, the macro backdrop has improved a bit as LBO financing situations have improved.  The corporate must refinance a time period mortgage that comes due in September, the popular shareholder is obstructing any contemplated refinancing that would not embrace taking them out, I nonetheless assume a sale ought to work properly for all sides right here and is prone to occur.

Inexperienced Brick Companions (GRBK) is a homebuilder with a land growth heavy mannequin that continues to outperform, turning on its head the worth investor concept that an asset-lite homebuilding mannequin is important to reach this cyclical trade.  Depend me as stunned too how their land sourcing and infill location mannequin has continued to be a sustainable aggressive benefit (key man danger with Jim Brickman?), however with migration developments persevering with to be a tailwind for his or her Dallas and now Austin markets, their development ought to proceed.  GRBK at present trades at an affordable 7.5x NTM earnings in response to TIKR estimates and has $121MM remaining on their share repurchase plan.  I in the reduction of on my place through the yr, however nonetheless have faith in Inexperienced Brick’s medium-to-long time period future though not essentially an actionable thought at present.

Acres Business Realty Corp (ACR) is a business actual property bridge lender, primarily to multi-family properties, but in addition a smattering of workplace, lodge and retail.  The market is especially fearful about lenders like ACR, they lend to builders/sponsors who’re repositioning a property, which upon stabilization will then receive long run financing to take out ACR’s bridge mortgage.  Banks have pulled again, nobody desires to increase new loans to workplace particularly, however multi-family additionally has some fears of covid induced overbuilding, the pull again in financing itself might trigger a sinkhole in CRE asset worth.  If the sponsor is unable to acquire new financing, ACR may be handed again the keys.  The formation of ACR was mainly sponsored by Oaktree, the distressed specialist, my inclination is their mortgage e-book is stronger than the typical business mREIT because of this.  ACR moreover is the odd REIT that does not pay a dividend, which provides them flexibility to plug credit score holes or as they not too long ago introduced, return money to shareholders by way of a share repurchase program.  Shares have rallied with the repurchase information and Fed pivot, however at $9.80/share, it nonetheless trades at a large low cost to e-book of ~$25/share.

Howard Hughes (HHH) is an actual property developer successfully managed by Pershing Sq.’s Invoice Ackman, he has been a constant purchaser of shares this yr because the inventory has traded round $80/share in current months.  With charges growing, new business growth has slowed at Howard Hughes, plus one in all their essential merchandise in new workplace is all however useless for the subsequent decade or so.  Even when business growth slows within the close to time period, their land gross sales must be sturdy within the close to time period as homebuilders are growing their exercise to fulfill demand.  Absent some form of Ackman take-private, the close to time period catalyst for HHH is their upcoming spinoff of Seaport Leisure which is able to home the disastrous Seaport section (a lot of which they function themselves), the Las Vegas Aviators (presumably the stadium too, however they want lender approval) and the Trend Present air rights.  They’ve employed Anton Nikodemus to be the CEO of Seaport, he beforehand was an govt at MGM the place he ran the CityCenter properties and was instrumental within the growth of MGM Nationwide Harbor and MGM Springfield.  Presumably which means they’re lastly severe about using the Trend Present air rights, however with a number of giant new strip casinos coming on-line this yr, their timing won’t be proper.  My preliminary response is the spin is a constructive growth, it will take away the Seaport cloud from the pure play actual property belongings, though I query how Seaport might be funded/financed.  The Aviators ballpark gives a pleasant regular income stream, however not sufficient to cowl additional Seaport losses, not to mention develop their deliberate 250 Water St tower or a brand new Las Vegas strip on line casino.  I will possible do a deeper dive as soon as the Kind 10-12 comes out on the spin.

DigitalBridge Group (DBRG) is within the closing phases of its transition from a diversified REIT to a pure play asset supervisor centered on the digital infrastructure trade.  Frequently growing charges in 2023 have been initially a detrimental for DigitalBridge as lots of their portfolio corporations have been bought at low entry cap charges, however the firm was saved a bit by the synthetic intelligence development that has continued the necessity for information facilities and different digital infrastructure belongings.  This stays a little bit of a jockey guess on CEO Marc Ganzi, he is a proficient fund raiser, however he’s shedding his quantity 2 in CFO Jack Wu who’s shifting on to steer his personal funding group.  I haven’t got a lot so as to add to the dialogue on DBRG, content material to carry some time longer to see the total transition from a steadiness sheet play to an revenue assertion story, we’re nonetheless in all probability 1-2 years away from that being full.

Transcontinental Realty Buyers (TCI) is a closely managed actual property firm that primarily owns multi-family properties within the sunbelt, however does have a smattering of workplace and land growth tasks as properly.  This yr was fairly quiet for TCI, they did begin growing two new condominium complexes (one in FL, the opposite in TX), however in any other case merely deleveraged their steadiness sheet after the earlier transformational Macquarie JV sale in 2022 (which in hindsight was very properly timed, offered close to the very high).  The current proxy assertion had two attention-grabbing proposals, one put forth by administration that will clear some pink tape in merging the Russian doll construction with ARL and IOC and one other from a shareholder asking the corporate to rent an advisor and pursue strategic alternate options.  The shareholder proposal naturally failed since TCI is 85% owned by the controlling household.  However looks as if there may be some motion in cleansing up the construction, it’s nonetheless a bit puzzling why TCI is public, administration does have an exterior administration settlement, however it actually solely applies to the 15% of inventory that’s held by the general public.  With NAV arguably over $100/share and the inventory buying and selling for $35/share, there’s lots of room for minority shareholders to be blissful and administration to switch vital worth to themselves in a take-private deal.  I had an outsized place in TCI to start out the yr, did trim my place by a 3rd, content material now to attend a yr or two longer for a company motion to occur right here.

NexPoint Diversified Actual Property Belief (NXDT) is previously a closed finish fund that 18 months in the past transformed to a REIT.  Sadly, this story has been very sluggish to develop, not a lot has occurred right here put up conversion, the REIT continues to be a complicated mess of restricted partnership stakes, lots of that are with associated events, and restricted investor outreach to simplify the story.  Rising charges did not assist NXDT and its valuation has suffered, buying and selling round $8/share at present versus a $23.89/share reported NAV (as of 6/30) or a $22/share tangible e-book worth.  CEO James Dondero (a controversial determine) continues to purchase shares by way of funds he manages, personally and is taking their administration in shares (though that is a little bit of a detrimental given the place the shares commerce), all bullish indicators for the underlying worth in comparison with buying and selling worth.  The REIT would not cowl its dividend with AFFO, it not too long ago began paying 80% of the dividend in shares, I would moderately see them lower the dividend to zero and construct some liquidity, solely paying a particular dividend essential to adjust to IRS REIT rules.  In abstract, it’s simply odd that NXDT would not publish press releases, conduct earnings calls or do the standard REIT convention circuit investor displays.  All issues I’d have assumed they’d do contemplating how they handle NexPoint Residential Belief (NXRT).  Much like TCI, I am keen to offer administration right here one other yr or two to see what develops, however my confidence is decrease than once I first purchased into the thought.

Par Pacific Holdings (PARR) is a downstream power firm with refining, midstream and retail places in geographically area of interest areas within the Rockies, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii.  Par Pacific has benefited from one other yr of above common refining crack spreads inflicting the corporate to gush money.  They’ve efficiently fastened their post-covid steadiness sheet and this yr closed on the acquisition of a previously Exxon refinery in Billings, MT.  The corporate is producing vital taxable earnings which are actually offsetting their $1B+ NOL tax asset.  Par Pacific is moreover starting to put money into renewable gas belongings, which could assist folks assume by the terminal worth query of oil refineries, however I are inclined to assume that is untimely by a pair many years.  The administration staff is previously from Zell’s Fairness Group and continues to execute on worth accretive offers (aside from injecting further fairness in Laramie (a non-public pure fuel producer PARR owns 46% of), it’s arduous to think about a nasty deal they’ve achieved).  It isn’t essentially actionable at present, I did promote down a few of place through the yr, however at 5x NTM EBITDA and 6.75x NTM earnings (TIKR estimates, to be honest, they’re overearning within the present surroundings), I proceed maintain on account of being snug with the administration staff.

Closed Positions (since 6/30)

Damaged Biotech Basket:

PFSWeb (PFSW) was a 3rd social gathering logistics (“3PL”) supplier that was acquired by GXO Logistics (GXO), the deal closed in October for $7.50/share, a pleasant outcome.

Sculptor Capital Administration (SCU) was a hedge fund supervisor that put itself up on the market after a really public spat between founder Daniel Och and CEO Jimmy Levin.  The agency discovered a purchaser in Rithm Captial (RITM) (fka New Residential), slightly bidding warfare ensued however ultimately Rithm Capital closed on the deal in November for $12.70/share.

Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp (WMC) was a mortgage REIT that by no means recovered from the covid period liquidations, it was acquired by AG Mortgage Funding Belief (MITT) in a money and inventory deal.  I’d anticipate seeing a number of extra of the small left for useless mortgage REITs acquired within the coming years, significantly if we see extra stress on the CRE facet.

Jackson Monetary (JXN) is a 2021 spin of Prudential PLC that primarily gives variable annuity insurance coverage merchandise.  I appreciated the setup as a result of it was a UK listed firm spinning off a a lot smaller US listed firm; Jackson Monetary initially traded considerably beneath e-book worth (nonetheless does) because it was an orphaned safety with no preliminary index possession and complex financials.  Over the next two years, Jackson was added to indices, paid a wholesome dividend and acquired again a considerable quantity of inventory.  Whereas that gameplan remains to be occurring and a few potential extra capital could possibly be dividended as much as the father or mother (just like MBIA) within the close to future, my preliminary thesis has typically performed out and I am not a powerful sufficient accountant to determine their monetary statements.  I made a decision to promote and relocate to newer concepts.

Carlyle Credit score Earnings Fund (CCIF) (fka VCIF) was beforehand a residential mortgage closed finish fund that transitioned to a CLO fairness fund.  The thesis typically performed out anticipate for one vital danger, when it got here time to promote the residential mortgages within the outdated VCIF portfolio and ship the money to Carlyle, the fund took a big 17% write-down.  I am nonetheless not solely clear why or what occurred within the few weeks from the proxy to the asset sale, however that lower nearly all my features within the funding.  Carlyle is a top quality supervisor and I typically like CLO fairness as an asset class, however put up transition and dividend reinstatement, my place was typically smallish and determined to maneuver on.  Would possibly re-visit it if we see some stress in non-public credit score and the leveraged mortgage market.

Manchester United (MANU) is the famed English Premier League soccer membership, my thesis revolved across the bidding warfare between Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim of the Qatari royal household, I wrongly guessed that Sheikh Jassim would come out victorious since his bid was for all MANU shares and at the next worth than Ratcliffe.  However for no matter motive, the Glazers select Ratcliffe, after months/weeks of rumors, the official announcement was made this previous week that Racliffe was tendering for 25% of each Class A and Class B shares at $33/shares, plus investing one other $300MM at $33/share for membership facility enhancements.  I had hoped there can be some language round a path in direction of majority or full possession, however did not see something explicitly acknowledged to that impact.  With out a concrete timeline, and Ratcliffe taking operational management of the staff, its unsure why or when he’ll purchase financial management of the staff, the status is being the possession face, and he’ll be that now.  In consequence, I’d anticipate MANU shares to commerce at a major low cost following the tender and probably be useless cash for some time.  I used to be improper, however did not actually lose any cash on this one.

Efficiency Attribution

Present Portfolio

Along with the above, I even have a bunch of CVRs, non-traded/illiquid liquidations, an illiquid bond and a litigation stub.

Please be happy to ask any questions or depart any attention-grabbing new concepts for 2024.  Thanks to all my readers, particularly people who have reached with constructive or detrimental suggestions, new concepts, or simply wanting to talk.  Joyful New 12 months, hopefully 2024 is affluent as properly.

Disclosure: Desk above is my taxable account/weblog portfolio, I do not handle exterior cash and that is solely a portion of my general belongings. In consequence, the usage of margin debt, choices or focus doesn’t absolutely characterize my danger tolerance.

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