Cryder Capital Partners LLP is a London-based, privately-owned hedge fund that has been around since October 2011. Ferdinand Groos, who previously worked as a Managing Director at Rhone Capital LLC, currently acts as the Managing Partner at Cryder Capital Partners. Rhone Capital is a private equity firm under the control of Rhone Group LLC, specializing in middle market leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, and partnership financings. So there is no doubt that Ferdinand Groos has relevant experience to successfully run his London-based hedge fund. According to the fund’s most recent 13F filing, the market value of Cryder Capital’s public equity portfolio equals $137.91 million as of June 30. In this article we will pinpoint and briefly discuss Ferdinand Groos’ largest stakes, which include positions in the following companies: HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA), Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Roper Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ROP).
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The most up-to-date 13F filing submitted by Cryder Capital Partners reveals that the fund initiated a long position in HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) in the second quarter, of 168,096 shares which are valued at $15.25 million as of June 30. HCA Holdings represents Ferdinand Groos’ top pick if looking at the value of the fund’s holdings, and it seems that the hedge fund made the move at the right time, as the stock has embarked on a strong uptrend since the beginning of the current year. The stock is up by more than 26% year-to-date after returning 20.6% over the second quarter and might keep rising considering the fact that the company’s preliminary financial results beat analysts’ estimates. To be more detailed, the biggest for-profit hospital chain by volume in the United States reported preliminary second quarter adjusted earnings of $1.37 per share, which outperformed analysts’ estimates of $1.33 per share. At the same time, the company announced that its revenue reached a figure of $9.9 billion, compared to the $9.77 billion figure anticipated by analysts. Within our database, Stephen Mandel’s Lone Pine Capital was the largest investor in HCA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HCA) as of March 331, with 5.84 million shares.