FedEx Corporation (FDX) Completes $4.9 Billion Acquisition of TNT Express

FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) shares are trending this morning after the company closed on its all-cash, €4.4 billion ($4.9 billion) acquisition of TNT Express, one of Europe’s largest logistics providers. The merger now creates what FedEx believes is the largest air express network in the world, as well as an impressive European road network. FedEx believes that the completed acquisition will add substantial value for shareholders by allowing the company to realize more economies of scale. Many analysts are bullish on FedEx for 2016 as they expect the company’s margins to expand via increased capital utilization and improved efficiencies. Shares also trade for only 13.5-times forward earnings estimates. Shares of the now-larger FedEx are up by 0.30% today.

Money managers were reducing their bets on the stock in Q1 however. The number of long hedge fund positions were cut by 2 recently. FDX was in 45 hedge funds’ portfolios at the end of March. There were 47 hedge funds in our database with FDX positions at the end of the previous quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare FDX to other stocks including Infosys Ltd ADR (NYSE:INFY), American Tower Corp (NYSE:AMT), and Carnival plc (ADR) (NYSE:CUK) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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Of the funds tracked by Insider Monkey, Greenhaven Associates, managed by Edgar Wachenheim, holds the largest position in FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX). Greenhaven Associates has a $799.8 million position in the stock, comprising 15.3% of its 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust, led by Michael Larson, holding a $492.2 million position; the fund has 2.9% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Remaining hedge funds and institutional investors that are bullish contain Anthony Bozza’s Lakewood Capital Management, John Smith Clark’s Southpoint Capital Advisors, and Richard Chilton’s Chilton Investment Company.

On the next page we’ll look at some funds that sold off positions in FedEx during Q1, as well as compare the stock to a handful of others with similar market caps.