Billionaire Lei Zhang founded Hillhouse Capital Management in 2005, one of the top hedge fund in Asia. Mr. Lei Zhang holds a B.A. in Economics from Renmin University of China, MBA and MA in International Relations from Yale University, is a Trustee of the Yale-NUS College and the Chairman of Yale Asia Development Council. According to the latest 13F filing, Hillhouse Capital Management’s equity portfolio is valued at $5.48 billion and the fund holds a total of 26 long positions. The hedge fund’s portfolio has a strong focus of almost 84% investments in the consumer discretionary sector. The largest new stock picks of the fund are represented by Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO), salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM), Workday Inc (NYSE:WDAY) and LinkedIn Corp (NYSE:LNKD).
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In the next paragraphs, we will analyze Lei Zhang’s new stock picks as of the end of March. On the first spot is Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO), the largest new pick of Hillhouse Capital Management, in which it disclosed a $57.93 million position that contains 5.46 million shares. Recently, the mobile social networking platform reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2015, with net income of $6.70 million, or $0.05 in diluted EPS, compared to a net loss of $1.23 million for the same period of 2014. Other funds that have significant positions in Momo Inc (ADR) (NASDAQ:MOMO) include Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management LLC owning 2.18 million shares, valued at $23.10 million, followed by Karthik Sarma’s SRS Investment Management, LLC with 1.35 million shares.
Next in line is the second-largest new pick of Hillhouse Capital Management, salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM), a $45.6 billion company. As reported in the latest 13F filing, the Lei Zhang’s fund holds 276,800 shares of the customer relationship management (CRM) software provider, valued at $18.49 million. For the fourth consecutive year, salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) has been on the Forbes’ list of “Most Innovative Companies” and this year it was awarded the “Most Admired Software Company” title by the by Fortune Magazine. The company’s net income for the first quarter of the 2015 has increased to $4.09 billion or $0.01 per share, compared to net loss of $96.91 million for the same period of 2014. salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) expects by the end of the year to receive approximately $6.55 billion in revenues and its diluted EPS to be in the range of $0.69 to $0.71. As of the end of March, other investors that have disclosed positions in the company include Christopher Lord’s Criterion Capital with 1.76 million shares, worth $117.73 million, followed by Bain Capital’s Brookside Capital and Eric W. Mandelblatt’s Soroban Capital Partners.