As hedge funds are continuing to disclose their holdings as of the end of the first quarter, Ray Carroll‘s Breton Hill Capital has also filed its 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Prior to establishing Breton Hill in 2011, Carroll was on the management committee of Diversified Global Asset Management, a Toronto-based multi-billion dollar alternative investment firm. Breton Hill has both private and public investment funds, the former being launched in 2011 with $100 million seed capital from CalPERS, the largest pension money manager in the US. The investment was withdrawn in 2014, as CalPERS became unsatisfied with huge hedge fund fees and pulled nearly $4 billion out of the hedge funds that it had supported. The investment strategy of Breton Hill aims to profit from macro-inefficiencies using a mixture of rigorous quantitative research and investment acumen of its experienced market practitioners. While the assets under the fund’s management total $699 million, the market value of its equity portfolio at the end of March stood at $374.14 million.
There was a significant amount of reshuffling in Breton Hill’s equity portfolio during the March quarter and its turnover ratio stood at 123.56%. The new top picks included Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT), LyondellBasell Industries NV (NYSE:LYB), Mid-America Apartment Communities Inc (NYSE:MAA), Corrections Corp Of America (NYSE:CXW), and Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI).
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Breton Hill acquired some 4,400 shares of Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT) during the first quarter to take its total stake to about 99,000 shares valued at $8.63 million. Although it is the largest equity holding, the position represents 2.31% of Breton Hill’s equity portfolio. Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT) has appreciated by an impressive 35.73% year to date. The $50.49 billion packaged food and beverage company’s stock spiked after news of the company’s merger with H.J Heinz Company. The deal is backed by the legendary investor Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway and Jorge Paulo Lehmann’s Brazil-based 3G Capital, who jointly acquired Heinz for $23 billion in 2013. Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT)’s shareholders are expected to receive a special dividend of $16.50 upon the completion of the merger. Among other prominent investors of Kraft Foods Group Inc (NASDAQ:KRFT) is Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, which held about 1.74 million shares at the end of 2014.