Andreas Halvorsen’s Viking Global recently increased its exposure to Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) by 1.3 million shares. According to the 13G Form filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the fund now holds a position of 5.5 million common shares, representing 5% of the company’s outsanding stock. On the same day, Viking Global also disclosed an increase to its holding in Cheniere Energy, Inc. (NYSEAMEX:LNG) of 9.9 million shares. The investment firm now owns 15.3 million Common Shares, which account for 6.5% of the company’s outstanding stock. In a separate transaction, Phillip Gross and Robert Atchinson’s Adage Capital Management revealed it had augmented its stake in Xencor Inc (NASDAQ:XNCR) to 1.6 million shares, meaning it now holds around 5% of the company’s outstanding stock.
Viking Global was launched in 1999 by the former Tiger employees Andreas Halvorsen, David Ott, and Brian Olson. Out of the three managers mentioned, only Mr. Halvorsen remains at the short/long hedge fund, which achieved an 89% gain in its first year of activity. The global equity fund employs a bottom-up fundamental stock picking method and has a diversified equity portfolio, valued at around $24.9 billion. According to its latest 13F filing, the investment firm’s top pick at the end of the third quarter was Illumina Inc (NASDAQ:ILMN). Although Viking Global recently trimmed its stake in the company, it continues to be the largest holding in its equity portfolio. Viking Global’s entire 13F portfolio and recent investor letters can be seen here.
Viking Global has been betting on Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) for some time now, as revealed by the 41% increase to its stake during the third quarter and the most recent acquisition of additional shares. Although the stock has seen its value decline by around 4% since the beginning of the year, share prices have gained around 7% over the past few days. Furthermore, the company had a solid performance in 2014, raising revenue by 9% and increasing year-over-year net income by a whopping 43%, which translated to augmented levels of free cash flow. Kansas City Southern (NYSE:KSU) is a freight train transportation company, operating routes in the U.S. along the Gulf of Mexico and also direct rail passageways between Texas and Mexico City. In addition to Viking Global, the company is backed by numerous institutional investors, such as Ken Fisher’s Fisher Asset Management, which holds a stake of 766,100 shares. Kansas City Southern looks like a good bet for 2015, among other things, due to the 18% increase to its dividend relative to last quarter.