Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital has acquired more shares of Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE:THC). In a Form 4 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Glenview Capital disclosed purchases of 697,917 shares of the company at prices ranging from $54.00 to $54.91. Following the transactions, the hedge fund managed by Larry Robbins owns 15.49 million shares of Tenet Healthcare. This is the second acquisition of the company’s stock, disclosed by Glenview in the last couple of months. At the end of June, the investor bought 979,500 shares after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Affordable Care Act.
Glenview Capital Management is a New York-based hedge fund established by Larry Robbins in 2001. The hedge fund is well-known for its impressive returns generated under the leadership of Larry Robbins since the fund’s inception. He is the stock picker in charge at the firm and seeks for investment opportunities by analyzing the following four aspects: economic growth, liquidity, low valuations and excess cash balances. Glenview Capital generated an annualized return of 14.2% for a decade since the fund’s inception. Moreover, Glenview Capital’s flagship fund, Glenview Funds, has returned 301% over the same period of ten years, compared to the 15% return generated by S&P 500. The hedge fund primarily invests in the healthcare, industrial, financial, services and technology sectors. According to its most recent 13F with the SEC, Glenview Capital manages an equity portfolio with a value of $21.90 billion as of March 31, 2015.
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Tenet Healthcare Corp. (NYSE:THC) is a diversified healthcare services company that operates general acute care hospitals, short-stay surgical hospitals and outpatient centers through its subsidiaries, partnerships and joint ventures. Moreover, one of the company’s subsidiaries, Conifer Health Solutions, provides technology-enabled performance improvement and health management solutions to hospitals, health systems, integrated delivery networks (IDN), among others. The shares of Tenet have gained 5% since the beginning of the year, despite losing some ground since mid-July.