Ted Kang-led Kylin Management recently submitted its 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, revealing a U.S equity portfolio worth $754 million as of the end of the first quarter. The New York-based hedge fund was founded in 2005 by Mr. Kang, an ex-employee of Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management, and the firm currently manages $3.25 billion in regulatory assets under management.
According to the fund’s latest filing, its U.S equity portfolio was comprised of only eight long positions at the end of March and its top five stock picks at that time amassed over 90% of the value of its portfolio. Since Kylin Management’s equity portfolio is largely dependent on the performance of these five stocks, which are primarily China-based companies, in this article we’ll focus on those stocks and analyze how they have been performing of late.
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#5 Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP)
– Shares Owned by Kylin Management (as of March 31): 1.02 million
– Value of Holding (as of March 31): $45.36 million
Let’s begin with Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP), which was the only stock among Kylin Management’s top-five stock picks in which the fund reduced its stake during the first quarter, by 42%. Considering the nearly 10% slide that the stock suffered in June despite Ctrip.com reporting better than expected first quarter results on June 15, it seems the fund made the right call to reduce its stake in the company. Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP) declared Non-GAAP EPS of $0.09 on revenue of $648 million for the first quarter, topping estimates of a non-GAAP loss of $0.04 per share on revenue of $630 million. Following the earnings release, analysts at Piper Jaffray reiterated their ‘Overweight’ rating and $50 price target on the stock on June 17. Other hedge funds that reduced their stake in Ctrip.com during the first quarter included Daniel S. Och‘s OZ Management, which cut its position by 37% to 5.02 million shares.
#4 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA)
– Shares Owned by Kylin Management (as of March 31): 1.28 million
– Value of Holding (as of March 31): $71.54 million
58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA) jumped two spots to become Kylin Management’s fourth-largest equity holding as of March 31 after the fund increased its stake in the company by 72% during the first quarter. On June 2, the company reported stellar first quarter results, beating analysts’ EPS estimate of a loss of $0.66 per share by $0.30 and the consensus revenue estimate of $225.09 million by $6.21 million. Nonetheless, shares of the company are down by 29% year-to-date. In the past few quarters, 58.com Inc (ADR) (NYSE:WUBA) has made several acquisitions to drive the growth of its various businesses. According to analysts, this acquisition spree might hurt the company’s balance sheet in the short-term, but has the potential to create a lot of value for shareholders in the long run.
We’ll check out Kylin Management’s top-three stock picks on the next page.