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Yr Finish 2023 Portfolio Evaluation


Markets have seen fairly the rally up to now 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% aim.  

Regardless of the great 12 months, I am nonetheless beneath my excessive water mark on account of a disappointing 2022.  I like anybody that invests professionally by means of unstable markets, my returns would not be pretty much as good if I used to be managing exterior capital.

Up to date Ideas on Present Positions

As traditional, these transient updates had been written over the previous two weeks, share costs might need moved round a bit, 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 personal biotech targeted 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 property, which equates to roughly $1.38/share in comparison with the present share value 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 property.  There’s cause to imagine that the CVR could have some worth, FIXX’s IP had preliminary optimistic Part 1 outcomes, however the information continues to be “immature and inconclusive”.  Plus there’s the JV, OXB Options, that shall be put to Oxford Biomedia Options for five.5x TTM income by March 2025.  My present plan is to carry by means of the reverse merger, perhaps the identify change, upcoming Part 2 research information readouts (second half of 2024), conferences/investor attain out, and many others., 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 eliminate the legacy property.
  • Graphite Bio (GRPH) is an identical state of affairs, additionally 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 Part 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.  Publish-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 optimistic enterprise worth, appears cheapish for a biotech with a close to time period catalyst in an enormous addressable market.  I am going to probably maintain onto the stub and see what occurs.
  • AVROBIO (AVRO) introduced strategic alternate options in July and continues 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 decreased 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 considered one of 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 pretty 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, a bit too early in hindsight as shares have dropped roughly in half since.  As of 9/30, PIRS had $30.5MM in internet present asset worth, or $0.31/shares versus a present share value round $0.15/share.  That quantity would not embody a variety of IP property 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, typically a precursor to a deal announcement.  This one is on the riskier aspect, however may very well 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 maintaining 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 value 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, it’s worthwhile to have a sure character quirk to set it apart within the meantime.  Hope this liquidation is put to mattress quickly.
  • Cyteir Therapeutics (CYT) is within the remaining phases (as we have seen with SIOX, may final some time) of its company life, shareholders accepted 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 state of affairs than most as CYT is just holding again $500k for a reserve account.  Shares commerce at $3.09/share, I probably would not purchase it at this time, 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 proposal for every firm.  Presumably the construction would lead to a money buyout for a reduction to internet money plus a CVR for any IP worth, much like Pardes Biosciences (PRDS) which Foresite took personal earlier within the 12 months.  Each shares commerce for less than a slight low cost to my greatest guess of a take personal provide (5-15% upside on every), however it’s value maintaining 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 shocked that it was Tang versus Foresite/OrbiMed however hopefully meaning 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 proposal 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 could be a while earlier than we right here an official sure/no response to the provide or another deal.  However with Tang tossing in a money provide early, perhaps it’s much less probably Reneo chooses the reverse merger path.

Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR) is a damaged biotech adjoining thought, not like 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 major commercialization companion, 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 increase the label of their major asset to incorporate cardiovascular danger discount and a trial begin date of 4/15/24 with Daiichi Sankyo.  This stays a speculative thought, however may very well be a multi-bagger if each catalysts go their method 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 comprehend the sum of the elements valuation of MREO’s hodgepodge of packages.  No publicly disclosed progress has been made in that regard, however the firm did report optimistic Part 2 outcomes for Setrusumab in sufferers with osteogenesis imperfecta with companion 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 understanding.

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 am going to use this submit as a thanks to Andrew Walker and his fantastic 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 much like Spirit, though I nonetheless imagine the asset divestiture and any additional divestitures ought to have the ability to create a compromise state of affairs 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 authentic thesis centered round MBIA placing itself up on the market, however as charges elevated (this firm can 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 anyplace close to administration’s adjusted e-book worth of $27/share.  Firstly of December, shares had been buying and selling underneath $8/share, then some fortunate information hit that Nationwide Public Finance Assure Company (the GoodCo) was dividending as much as the mum or dad $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 had been buying and selling on the time.  Publish 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 understanding the Nationwide dividend was a risk/likelihood) stated, “With regard to the strategic alternate options, as we have urged up to now, we predict the optimum transaction could 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 robust, MBIA can proceed to limp alongside in runoff, returning capital by way of both repurchasing shares or probably extra particular dividends in future years.  I misplaced a good quantity on some name choices speculating on a takeout earlier within the 12 months, I will not make that very same mistake with MBI at this time, however I proceed to carry.

HomeStreet (HMST) is a regional financial institution primarily based in Seattle that additionally does plenty of enterprise in southern California, which was caught up within the deposit flight disaster final spring.  I purchased it after a Bloomberg article urged the corporate was exploring a merger or an asset sale, later we came upon that a number of bidders have made presents for the corporate’s DUS enterprise line (a license that permits them to instantly 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 internet curiosity margin, they’ve reduce bills, and decreased mortgage originations to the purpose the place they may very well be categorized as a zombie financial institution.  A full out sale is very unlikely right here within the close to time period, any acquirer could be required to mark-to-market HomeStreet’s steadiness sheet, which at present would have detrimental fairness worth because of the present worth of their mortgage portfolio (price pushed, not credit score pushed, but).  With out the DUS asset sale as a catalyst, this financial institution is one large guess on decrease rates of interest, certainly in the previous couple of weeks, shares have spiked again above $9/share.  Tangible e-book worth is $26/share (ex-loan truthful market worth), if charges decline sufficient over the following 12 months or two, HomeStreet will limp alongside till the accounting is passable sufficient the place they grow to be 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 had been penalizing TD for earlier anti-money laundering wrongdoings by not approving the merger.  The deal broke in the direction of the tail finish of the regional financial institution panic earlier this 12 months and FHN offered off onerous as arbs exited and market members had 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 aid.  First Horizon is a strong 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 12 months by repurchasing shares.  On the detrimental aspect, the financial institution had a shock mortgage go dangerous for $72MM (Yellow perhaps?) they usually’ve obtained some expense ramp occurring as FHN modernizes its know-how stack.  Right this moment 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 value.  I am content material holding till we get a bit nearer to that quantity, perhaps get long-term capital positive aspects 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 obtained 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 value 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 shall be important realized synergies as the 2 banks had important overlap which is able to grow to be 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 probably seeking to take it personal (administration hasn’t stated 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 gasoline royalties and different miscellaneous land charges.  The rock beneath CKX’s land is porous rock that makes it appropriate for carbon seize sequestration know-how, which is basically means gathering the pollutive output of the realm’s quite a few refineries and piping it again deep into the earth.  If a sequestration plant is constructed on CKX land, the corporate could be entitled to a income share, administration could be making an attempt to get forward of that occasion by taking the corporate personal.  This article supplies an ideal overview of the sequestration alternative and mentions CKX CEO Grey Stream fairly a bit.  I haven’t got an ideal sense of what the truthful worth is for CKX, however others extra conversant in the state of affairs have put an $18/share worth of it, at this time it trades a bit underneath $13/share.
MRC World (MRC) is a distributor targeted on pure gasoline utilities, power transition initiatives and servicing the upstream oil & gasoline business.  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 embody taking them out, I nonetheless assume a sale ought to work properly for all sides right here and is more likely to occur.

Inexperienced Brick Companions (GRBK) is a homebuilder with a land improvement 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 business.  Depend me as shocked 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 tendencies persevering with to be a tailwind for his or her Dallas and now Austin markets, their progress ought to proceed.  GRBK at present trades at an inexpensive 7.5x NTM earnings in keeping with TIKR estimates and has $121MM remaining on their share repurchase plan.  I reduce on my place in the course of the 12 months, however nonetheless trust in Inexperienced Brick’s medium-to-long time period future though not essentially an actionable thought at this time.

Acres Industrial 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 get hold of 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 may trigger a sinkhole in CRE asset worth.  If the sponsor is unable to acquire new financing, ACR could be handed again the keys.  The formation of ACR was principally sponsored by Oaktree, the distressed specialist, my inclination is their mortgage e-book is stronger than the common 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 12 months because the inventory has traded round $80/share in latest months.  With charges growing, new business improvement has slowed at Howard Hughes, plus considered one of their fundamental merchandise in new workplace is all however lifeless for the following decade or so.  Even when business improvement slows within the close to time period, their land gross sales ought to be robust within the close to time period as homebuilders are growing their exercise to fulfill demand.  Absent some sort 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 government at MGM the place he ran the CityCenter properties and was instrumental within the improvement of MGM Nationwide Harbor and MGM Springfield.  Presumably meaning they’re lastly critical about using the Trend Present air rights, however with a number of massive new strip casinos coming on-line this 12 months, their timing may not be proper.  My preliminary response is the spin is a optimistic improvement, it will take away the Seaport cloud from the pure play actual property property, though I query how Seaport shall be funded/financed.  The Aviators ballpark supplies 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 am going to probably do a deeper dive as soon as the Type 10-12 comes out on the spin.

DigitalBridge Group (DBRG) is within the remaining phases of its transition from a diversified REIT to a pure play asset supervisor targeted on the digital infrastructure business.  Frequently growing charges in 2023 had been initially a detrimental for DigitalBridge as a lot of their portfolio firms had been bought at low entry cap charges, however the firm was saved a bit by the substitute intelligence pattern that has continued the necessity for information facilities and different digital infrastructure property.  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 transferring 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 complete transition from a steadiness sheet play to an earnings assertion story, we’re nonetheless in all probability 1-2 years away from that being full.

Transcontinental Realty Traders (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 improvement initiatives as properly.  This 12 months was fairly quiet for TCI, they did begin creating two new house 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 latest proxy assertion had two attention-grabbing proposals, one put forth by administration that will clear some purple 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 like there could 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 plenty of room for minority shareholders to be glad and administration to switch important worth to themselves in a take-private deal.  I had an outsized place in TCI to begin the 12 months, did trim my place by a 3rd, content material now to attend a 12 months 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 gradual to develop, not a lot has occurred right here submit conversion, the REIT continues to be a complicated mess of restricted partnership stakes, a lot 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 this time 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 value.  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 reduce 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 everyday REIT convention circuit investor displays.  All issues I might have assumed they might do contemplating how they handle NexPoint Residential Belief (NXRT).  Just like TCI, I am prepared to present administration right here one other 12 months or two to see what develops, however my confidence is decrease than once I first purchased into the concept.

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 12 months of above common refining crack spreads inflicting the corporate to gush money.  They’ve efficiently fastened their post-covid steadiness sheet and this 12 months closed on the acquisition of a previously Exxon refinery in Billings, MT.  The corporate is producing important taxable earnings which are actually offsetting their $1B+ NOL tax asset.  Par Pacific is moreover starting to put money into renewable gas property, which could assist individuals assume by means of the terminal worth query of oil refineries, however I are likely to assume that is untimely by a pair many years.  The administration group is previously from Zell’s Fairness Group and continues to execute on worth accretive offers (aside from injecting further fairness in Laramie (a personal pure gasoline producer PARR owns 46% of), it’s onerous to consider a nasty deal they’ve achieved).  It isn’t essentially actionable at this time, I did promote down a few of place in the course of the 12 months, however at 5x NTM EBITDA and 6.75x NTM earnings (TIKR estimates, to be truthful, they’re overearning within the present surroundings), I proceed maintain on account of being snug with the administration group.

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 end result.

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), a bit bidding struggle ensued however finally 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 might anticipate seeing just a few extra of the small left for lifeless mortgage REITs acquired within the coming years, significantly if we see extra stress on the CRE aspect.

Jackson Monetary (JXN) is a 2021 spin of Prudential PLC that primarily supplies 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 continues to be occurring and a few potential extra capital may very well be dividended as much as the mum or dad (much like MBIA) within the close to future, my preliminary thesis has usually performed out and I am not a robust sufficient accountant to determine their monetary statements.  I made a decision to promote and relocate to newer concepts.

Carlyle Credit score Revenue Fund (CCIF) (fka VCIF) was beforehand a residential mortgage closed finish fund that transitioned to a CLO fairness fund.  The thesis usually performed out count on for one necessary 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 completely clear why or what occurred within the few weeks from the proxy to the asset sale, however that reduce nearly all my positive aspects within the funding.  Carlyle is a top quality supervisor and I usually like CLO fairness as an asset class, however submit transition and dividend reinstatement, my place was usually smallish and determined to maneuver on.  May re-visit it if we see some stress in personal credit score and the leveraged mortgage market.

Manchester United (MANU) is the famed English Premier League soccer membership, my thesis revolved across the bidding struggle 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 a better value than Ratcliffe.  However for no matter cause, 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 could be some language round a path in the direction of majority or full possession, however did not see something explicitly acknowledged to that impact.  With no concrete timeline, and Ratcliffe taking operational management of the group, its unsure why or when he’ll purchase financial management of the group, the status is being the possession face, and he’ll be that now.  Because of this, I might count on MANU shares to commerce at a big low cost following the tender and probably be lifeless cash for some time.  I used to be mistaken, 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 at liberty to ask any questions or depart any attention-grabbing new concepts for 2024.  Thanks to all my readers, particularly people who have reached with optimistic or detrimental suggestions, new concepts, or simply wanting to speak.  Completely happy New Yr, 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 property. Because of this, using margin debt, choices or focus doesn’t totally characterize my danger tolerance.




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