Merion Road Capital: ‘We Should Have Held Our Positions in Four Corners Property Trust (FCPT)’

Merion Road Capital Management, an investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 Investor Letter for its ‘MRCM Long Short Small Cap’ and ‘MRCM Long Only Large Cap’– a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 11.5% was recorded by its Long Short Small Cap fund for the Q4 of 2020, outperforming its Barclay Hedge Fund index that made a 9% return, but below its Russell 2000 benchmark that delivered 31.3%. Its Long Only Large Cap fund delivered a 21.2% return, above its S&P 500 benchmark that accumulated 12.1%. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Merion Road Capital Management, in their Q4 2020 Investor Letter, said that Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FCPT) was a large detractor for them during the year 2020. Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) that currently has a $2 billion market cap. For the past 3 months, FCPT delivered a -1.63% return and settled at $27.78 per share at the closing of February 11th.

Here is what Merion Road Capital Management has to say about Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“Four Corners (“FCPT”) was a large detractor for the year as I completely exited our position in March. As a REIT, FCPT operates with relatively high leverage (though within the REIT universe FCPT is conservatively financed). This perceived risk was heightened by their focus on restaurant properties. Retrospectively I should have held or added to our exposure. But part of my job is risk management, and I simply did not feel comfortable holding it given the uncertainties at the time.”

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Last December, we published an article telling that Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FCPT) was in 13 hedge fund portfolios. Its all time high statistics is 25. PDEX delivered a -12.92% return in the past 12 months.

Our calculations show that Four Corners Property Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FCPT) does not belong in our list of the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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