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Best 2016 Ideas Of Chinese Billionaire Investor Zhang Lei

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Hillhouse Capital Management is a Beijing, China-based hedge fund founded by Zhang Lei in 2005. Over the past decade, the firm has become one of the largest and best performing in Asia. The fund has a long-term fundamental equity investment philosophy, and focuses on the consumer, TMT, industrials and healthcare sectors. As of January of 2016, the firm had more than $20 billion of assets under management. Hillhouse recently has filed its 13F for the fourth quarter of 2015, disclosing 30 positions, valued at more than $5.7 billion – of which 80% is amassed by consumer discretionary stocks. Based on our analysis, of Hillhouse’s 13F portfolio, its 23 positions in companies with market caps above $1.0 billion posted a weighted average return of over 42% last year. This makes, Hillhouse one of the best-performing funds in our database, trailing healthcare-focused funds like Julian and Felix Bakers’ Baker Bros. Advisors and Joseph Edelman’s Perceptive Advisors, which returned 67.8% and 46.5%, respectively.

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JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD)

– Shares Owned by Hillhouse as of December 31: 122.6 Million

– Value of Holding as of December 31: $3.95 Billion

Even though Hillhouse trimmed its stake by 10% over the fourth quarter of 2015, JD.Com Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:JD) continued to represent its largest stake, and was even more valuable than it was three months earlier, as the stock gained 23.81% between October 1 and December 31. Also profiting from this surge was William B. Gray‘s Orbis Investment Management, which last declared holding 23.04 million shares of the company. JD.Com last reported earnings of $0.00 per share, $0.03 below the Street’s consensus, on revenue of $6.94 billion, slightly higher than the expected $6.935 billion.

Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ)

– Shares Owned by Hillhouse as of December 31: 9.3 Million

– Value of Holding as of December 31: $417 Million

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Also maintaining the same spot in Mr. Lei’s list quarter-over-quarter was Mondelez International Inc (NASDAQ:MDLZ), which saw no changes in the firm’s stake in terms of share count, but did see its stock gain 7.09% over the fourth quarter. First Eagle Investment Management also seems quite bullish on the stock, as it increased its position by 40% over the fourth quarter, to 4.9 million shares. However, it should be noted that, a couple of weeks ago, Mondelez posted EPS of $0.46 on revenue $7.364 billion, missing estimates of $0.49 and $7.445 billion.

On the next page, we will take a look at three stocks that witnessed big moves from Hillhouse.

58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA)

– Shares Owned by Hillhouse as of December 31: 1.32 Million

– Value of Holding as of December 31: $87.61 Million

One of Hillhouse’s most bullish moves involves 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA). Between October and December, the firm boosted its exposure by 90%, disclosing ownership of 1.32 million shares. Similar was the case of Kevin Kenny’s Emerging Sovereign Group, which more than doubled its stake between October and December, taking its holdings to 1.63 million shares, worth almost $108 million as of December 31. Nonetheless, investors should notice that the mid cap Chinese online marketplace last delivered a net loss of $0.50 per share, for the third quarter of 2015, worse than the expected loss of $0.36. On the other hand, revenue of $212.94 million beat the Street’s consensus of $156.5 million, and the previous guidance of $195 million to $200 million. In its upcoming financial results, 58.com is expected to post a loss of $0.61 on revenue of $242.93 million for the last three months of 2015.

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