Gabalex Capital Management LLC is a New York-based long/short equity hedge fund started by former Bear Stearns employees Nigel Greig and Kenneth Cowin in 2008. Prior to establishing Gabalex Capital, Mr. Greig served as Senior Managing Director in the private client services division at Bear Stearns for a little more than a decade, where he managed discretionary accounts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Meanwhile, Mr. Cowin, who currently serves as the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Gabalex Capital, worked at Bear Stearns from April 1978 to December 2003.
The New York-based asset manager recently submitted its 13F filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the second quarter reporting period of June 30, revealing a long-only portfolio worth $274.43 million. Gabalex Capital Management made one new addition to its portfolio during the quarter, boosted four existing positions, sold out of two positions, and reduced five existing holdings. We have decided to lay out a list of five of the most noteworthy moves made by the investment firm run by the ex-Bear Stearns employees during the quarter, including checking out its new position and the two that it closed.
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Gabalex Capital Sells Off Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) Stake
Gabalex Capital Management LLC sold out of its 175,000-share stake in Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) during the June quarter. The stake accounted for 5.2% of the value of Gabalex Capital’s concentrated equity portfolio at the end of the first quarter, and represented the firm’s 11th-largest equity position at that time. The fourth-largest railroad in North America based on revenue has seen the value of its stock rise by 27% since the beginning of the year. Kansas City Southern reported second quarter revenue of $568.5 million, a decrease of 3% year-over-year, due to the weakening of the Mexican peso against the greenback and lower fuel surcharges. In late-July, the company revealed that its operations in Mexico experienced service interruptions and shipment delays due to a series of civil protests on or near its rail network. The protests were directed towards the Mexican government. Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management reported ownership of 687,393 shares of Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) as of June 30.
Gabalex Capital Also Jettisons National-Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE:NOV) Stake
The New York-based asset manager also discarded its 250,000-share position in National-Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE:NOV) during the three-month period ended June 30. The shares of the designer, manufacturer, and seller of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling operations are down by 2% thus far in 2016. National-Oilwell Varco recorded a $217 million net loss on $1.7 billion in revenue for the second quarter. The year-over-year declines were sharp, as revenue decreased by $2.2 billion and net income fell by $506 million compared to the second quarter of 2015. Given that a significant increase in drilling activity is not likely to occur in 2016 as commodity prices remain depressed, the oil-field equipment maker plans to continue focusing on cost control and sizing its operations to anticipated levels of activity throughout the second-half of the year. John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments was the owner of 1.77 million shares of National-Oilwell Varco Inc. (NYSE:NOV) at the end of March.
On the next page of this article we’ll discuss three other notable moves completed by Gabalex Capital during the second quarter.