Amid a raging debate on the excessive fees charged by hedge funds despite their recent poor performance, Tudor Investment Corp, run by legendary billionaire investor Paul Tudor Jones, has become one the first large hedge funds to bite the bullet and reduce its fee structure. The Connecticut-based firm saw $1 billion in investor redemptions last quarter due to underperformance and most of the funds it manages, including its flagship BVI Global macro fund, are trading in the red for 2016. In a letter sent to clients on May 23, Tudor Investment Corp revealed that from July 1, it will be slashing fees for a share class that contains the largest chunk of the main fund’s money, to 2.25% of assets and 25% of profits from 2.75% of assets and 27% of profits. Tudor Investment recently submitted its 13F filing for the reporting period ending March 31. According to the filing, the fund’s U.S equity portfolio was worth $3.91 billion at the end of the quarter, compared to $3.65 billion at the end of 2015. In this article, we’ll discuss the fund’s top five stock picks heading into the second quarter as it aims for a turnaround.
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#5 TransUnion (NYSE:TRU)
– Shares Owned by Tudor Investment Corp (as of March 31): 1.38 million
– Value of Holding (as of March 31): $38.15 million
Let’s start with TransUnion (NYSE:TRU), in which Tudor Investment Corp reduced its stake by 8% during the first quarter. Tudor Investment has held a stake in TransUnion (NYSE:TRU) since the second quarter of 2015, when the company launched its IPO. After remaining range-bound for more than six months following said IPO, shares of the credit information provider have enjoyed a large rally in the past three months to push them up by over 40% from their IPO price and by 14.5% year-to-date. For its first quarter, the company managed to beat analysts’ estimates of EPS of $0.26 on revenue of $378.99 million, reporting EPS of $0.32 on revenue of $406 million. Following the earnings release, analysts at RBC Capital reiterated their ‘Outperform’ rating on the stock on April 26, while upping their price target on it to $30 from $29.
#4 Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS)
– Shares Owned by Tudor Investment Corp (as of March 31): 646,200
– Value of Holding (as of March 31): $40.91 million
Tudor Investment made a greater than 15-fold increase to its stake in Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS) during the first quarter. The fund should be patting itself on the back for making that decision, as shares of Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS) have appreciated by 14.5% so far in the second quarter. Most of the gains that the stock has seen this quarter came after the company reported its first quarter financial results. While the Street had projected Fidelity National to report EPS of $0.75 on revenue of $2.25 billion for the quarter, it reported EPS of $0.79 on revenue of $2.18 billion. Other hedge funds that boosted their stake in the company significantly during the first quarter included Will Cook‘s Sunriver Management, which increased its holding by 212% to 362,540 shares.
We’ll study the billionaire investor’s top three stock picks on the next page.