Another quarter has come and gone and Insider Monkey has poured through the data to create an exhaustive list of the performance of the 749 hedge funds in our system which filed 13Fs for the June quarter. We’ll be releasing a series of articles in the coming weeks looking at the absolute cream of the crop among fuinds during the third quarter and analyzing the picks that drove their returns to new heights.
Ross Turner‘s Pelham Capital is one of those funds, and it sure picked the right stock to have most of its resources in during the third quarter. On June 30, Pelham Capital had seven long positions in stocks with a market cap of $1 billion and those stocks delivered weighted average returns of 33.4% during the quarter, based on the size of those positions, which ranked it as the fifth-best performing hedge fund in our database during the quarter using that criteria. That was mostly due to the performance of GrubHub, which accounted for 85.05% of the value of the fund’s public equity portfolio at the end of June.
However, it should be noted that the actual returns of Pelham Capital could be quite different than what we calculated, as short positions and other some other investement positions are not reported on 13F forms. Furthermore, the long positions themselves can undergo changes during the quarter, as evidenced by Pelham Capital’s own filing for the third quarter, which shows that it closed out three of those seven positions during the quarter. Nonetheless, as Pelham Capital’s position in GrubHub was left unchanged and now accounts for 91.14% of its portfolio’s value, we at least have a good idea that our calculations of the performance of its long picks is not off by much.
Let’s proceed with a discussion of Pelham Capital’s four main positions and check out their performance of late.
As mentioned, GrubHub Inc. (NYSE:GRUB) was by far the most valuable position held by Pelham Capital throughout the third quarter, which is why its 38% returns during the period helped carry it to a hearty performance. GrubHub Inc. (NYSE:GRUB) has not been quite as lucky in the fourth quarter, as its latest earnings report showed that active diner growth has slowed.
As you can see in the chart, hedge funds timed their move into GrubHub Inc. (NYSE:GRUB) perfectly in Q2, as 3.35% of the funds in our database were shareholders of the stock on June 30, up from 3% a quarter earlier. Melvin Capital Management, managed by Gabriel Plotkin, assembled the most outsized position in GrubHub, with $27.2 million invested in the company at the end of the second quarter. Curtis Macnguyen’s Ivory Capital (Investment Mgmt) also made a $14.3 million investment in the stock during the quarter. Some of the other funds with new positions in the stock were Doug Gordon, Jon Hilsabeck and Don Jabro’s Shellback Capital, Siddharth Thacker’s Signpost Capital, and Neil Chriss’ Hutchin Hill Capital.
We’ll check out two other stocks held by Pelham Capital on the next page.