Billionaire James Dinan founded York Capital Management, a New York-based long/short equity hedge fund, in 1991. Prior to founding York, Mr. Dinan worked at merger arbitrage firm Kellner DiLeo & Co., and before that as an investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ). At the time of its inception, York Capital had $3.6 million in investors’ money, which Mr. Dinan was able to raise primarily from his colleagues at DLJ. Since then the firm has grown significantly and now boasts around $27 billion in assets under management (AUM). York Capital Management recently filed its 13F with the SEC for the reporting period of June 30. According to the filing, York’s U.S public equity portfolio declined in value to $11.80 billion at the end of June from over $14.56 billion at the end of March. Although the fund had a diversified portfolio with representation from all sectors, stocks from the healthcare sector lead the pack, accounting for 20% of the portfolio’s value. In this article we are going to focus on the top three new stock picks of the fund, which accounted for over 12.5% of York Capital’s portfolio at the end of June.
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York Capital Management initiated a stake in Perrigo Company plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE:PRGO) during the second quarter, buying over 3.3 million shares of the company. As of June 30, this stake was worth almost $612.6 million and represented York’s largest equity holding. Shares of the Ireland-based over-the-counter drug maker ended up with gains of 11.7% for the second quarter, majorly due to the spike they had on April 8 when Mylan NV (NASDAQ:MYL) offered to buy Perrigo Company plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE:PRGO) for $29 billion in a hostile bid. Perrigo reported better-than\-expected second quarter earnings on August 5. While the Street was expecting it to report EPS of $1.96 on revenue of $1.52 billion, the company reported EPS of $2.18 on revenue of $1.53 billion. On July 28, Perrigo Company plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE:PRGO) announced that it would be acquiring Germany-based Naturwohl Pharma GmbH along with its leading dietary supplement brand, Yokebe. Daniel S. Och‘s OZ Management also initiated a stake in Perrigo Company plc Ordinary Shares (NYSE:PRGO) during the April-June period, purchasing over 3 million shares of the company.