Fir Tree is a New York City-based, privately-owned investment hedge fund founded by Jeffrey Tannenbaum in 1994. Recently the fund disclosed its equity portfolio holdings as of June 30 in a 13F Form filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the filing, Fir Tree was most heavily invested in the technology and healthcare sectors as of the reporting date, with 30% of its holdings being technology stocks and 19% being healthcare stocks. As of June 30, Fir Tree’s public equity portfolio carried about $6.28 billion in holdings, down from the $7.01 billion reported at the end of the first quarter of this year. That continued a downtrend begun in the first quarter of the year, as Fir Tree’s portfolio contained over $9.59 billion in equities entering the year. The funds top tech picks heading into the third quarter were CDK Global Inc (NASDAQ:CDK), Sunedison Inc (NYSE:SUNE), and Cadence Design Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CDNS). We will talk about these holdings in this piece.
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Fir Tree continued to slash its holding in CDK Global Inc (NASDAQ:CDK), by 10% to 11.47 million shares worth $619.20 million at the end of the second quarter. CDK Global Inc (NASDAQ:CDK) remained in the top spot of the fund’s equity portfolio nonetheless, representing 9.86% of its total holdings. Nor was Fir Tree done there, as the fund has continued to dispose of its holding in the third quarter. CDK Global provides a wide range of resources to the automotive industry, including various management and marketing solutions. The $8.16 billion market cap company is reportedly considering selling itself to a private equity firm, to whom it may prove attractive thanks to its strong recurring cash flows and potential to reduce expenditures further following its spinoff from Automatic Data Processing (NASDAQ:ADP) late last year. CDK Global, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDK) reported earnings of $0.28 per share for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 ending June 30, missing Wall Street’s estimates by $0.01. The company earned $503.10 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $519.53 million.Over the previous three months, shares of CDK have gained 6.7%, with the year-to-date gains standing at 21.01%. Scott Ferguson‘s Sachem Head Capital is the largest shareholder of the company in our database. The fund held 12.65 million shares worth $682.70 million, accounting for over 45% exposure to the stock in its public equity portfolio as of June 30.
Fin Tree’s second top tech holding is Sunedison Inc (NYSE:SUNE), in which the fund reported ownership of 8.70 million shares, a 16% decrease from the end of the first quarter, with the current stake having a reported value of $260.24 million as of the end of the second quarter. Sunedison Inc (NYSE:SUNE) is the largest renewable energy company in the world. Despite the continued potential for growth in that sector, the company’s shares have suffered tremendously in 2015, down by over 31%. The shares did get a nice bump recently, jumping as much as 14% after the company announced a new partnership with Dominion Resources (NYSE:D), under which it will build 240 MW of solar projects in Utah. The $4.45 billion market cap company reported a loss of $0.93 per share for the second quarter, compared to a loss of $0.16 per share in the same quarter of last year. Analysts expected a much less severe loss of $0.55 per share. Among the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey, David Einhorn‘s Greenlight Capital held the largest position in Sunedison,a 24.84 million-share stake worth $743.20 million as of June 30.
The fund acquired a new postion in Cadence Design Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CDNS) of 9.02 million shares, valued at $177.34 million as of the end of second quarter. At the end of July, Cadence Design Systems, Inc.(NASDAQ:CDNS) reported second quarter revenue of $416 million, compared to revenue of $379 million reported for the same period in 2014. The company’s stock is up by 8.97% over the past three months. Cadence Design Systems Inc (NASDAQ:CDNS) and Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMAT) recently announced a joint venture under which they will work to enhance the chemical-mechanical planarization process for creating advanced chips. Going into the third quarter, Matthew Sidman‘s Three Bays Capital held 6.95 million shares of Cadence, worth $136.65 million as of June 30.