Michael Hintze is the CEO of CQS Cayman LP, a diversified fund established in 1999. The fund has around $9 billion in total assets under management and has two main offices, in London and Hong Kong, with smaller outlets in the Channel Islands, the Cayman Islands and Switzerland. CQS Cayman’s latest 13F revealed an equity portfolio valued at $2.13 billion, with a total of 208 positions. In this article we’ll analyze Michael Hintze’s largest holdings as of the reporting period, March 31. The companies that represent these holdings are: JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU), Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX), Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ENR) and Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLXP).
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On the first spot is CQS Cayman LP’s new position in JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) of 9.59 million shares valued at $184.64 million, which represents 8.69% of its portfolio. JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) is an air carrier which handles 32 million customers to 87 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America. Recently, the company was awarded the title of “Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Low-Cost Carriers in North America” from J.D. Power’s 2015 Airline Satisfaction Study. JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) reported for the first quarter of 2015 net income of $137 million or $0.40 per diluted share, compared to just $4 million and $0.01 per diluted share respectively for the year-ago quarter. James Dondero’s Highland Capital Management, Anthony Bozza’s Lakewood Capital Management and Donald Chiboucis’ Columbus Circle Investors are also among JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU)’s shareholders.
Hintze’s stake in Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) is the second largest long position in its equity portfolio, with a value of $127.08 million. During the first quarter of 2015, CQS Cayman cut its position in the company by 20% to 3.87 million shares. The Rupert Murdoch-led company is the world’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate, and posted quarterly net income of $1.04 million, or $0.47 diluted EPS for its fiscal third quarter of 2015. Over this period, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ:FOX) repurchased 59 million shares for $2.1 billion. Other investors that hold large positions in the company are Yacktman Asset Management managed by Donald Yacktman, Jeffrey Ubben’s ValueAct Capital and Eagle Capital Management run by Boykin Curry.