Ratan Capital Group is a New York-based hedge fund, founded back in 2009 by Nehal Chopra. Prior to starting her own firm, Nehal Chopra accumulated her investment knowledge at Balyasny Asset Management L.P and Ramius Capital Group, to name a few former employers. Nehal Chopra holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, and a B.Sc. in Economics, Finance, and Management from the University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School.
At the time of its founding, her fund was actually named Tiger Ratan Capital Management, as it was supported with a $25 million investment by hedge fund legend Julian Robertson of Tiger Management, through its Tiger Accelerator fund. Chopra’s fund was renamed Ratan Capital Group after Robertson drew back his investment in 2016. Ratan Capital Group has had many good years in terms of returns, which lead to Nehal Chopra being named an Institutional Investor Hedge Fund Rising Star.
Unfortunately, her reputation took a bit of a hit at the end of 2017, when Chopra and Ratan Capital Group agreed to pay $400,000 total ($200,000 each) to settle the SEC’s accusations that Chopra’s husband, Paritosh Gupta, who was part of Brahman Capital’s team at the time, had shared confidential investment ideas with her. Paritosh Gupta was charged $250,000, while Brahman Capital agreed to pay a $250,000 penalty for not properly overseeing Mr. Gupta. The SEC claimed that Gupta shared “investment theses, models, notes, recommendations, and analyses” with Nehal Chopra that were created for Brahman Capital’s clients. Even though the couple neither confirmed or denied the allegations, the couple agreed to pay the fines in order to settle.
Whether the allegations were true or not, Ratan Capital Group delivered some amazing returns during those controversial years. It generated fantastic returns of 26.3% in 2012, 46.8% in 2013, and 22.3% in 2014. The following year was a down one for the fund, as it lost 19%. A disastrous 51.9% loss hit the fund and its clients hard between May 2015 to June 2016, mainly because of big bets on Valeant, which lost more than 61% from August 2015 until the end of that year. According to the fund’s plain brochure, it had around $375.46 million in assets under management on December 31, 2016. Its 13F portfolio was valued at $222.35 million at the end of June 2018.
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During the second quarter of 2018, Ratan Capital Group made several changes to its equity portfolio. It added 18 new companies, raised its stakes in four stocks, reduced the size of four positions, and dumped 12 stocks. More details about the fund’s investment moves during the second quarter can be read on the next page.