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Shah Capital Boosts Exposure To China; Clinton Group Keeps Trimming Stake In This Bank

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According to a 13D filing, Shah Capital Management, overseen by Himanshu H. Shah, owns 3.24 million shares of China Yuchai International Limited (NYSE:CYD), including stock options to buy 200,000 shares. This compares with the 2.85 million-share position revealed by Shah Capital through its latest 13F filing. The freshly-upped stake accounts for 8.31% of the company’s outstanding common stock. The public filing also states that the stock was undervalued and represented an attractive investment opportunity at the time of purchase. The shares of the manufacturer of engines for on-road and off-road applications in China are 41% in the red year-to-date, mainly due to softening demand in the commercial vehicle market. The slowdown of China’s economy has been hindering growth in this market, so Himanshu H. Shah and his team might be betting on a revitalizing Chinese economy in the forthcoming future. China Yuchai International Limited (NYSE:CYD) reported net revenue of RMB 10.8 billion (~$1.7 billion) for the nine months that ended September 30, which compares with RMB 12.5 billion reported in 2014. This decline was mainly attributable to the decrease in the total number of engines sold; the company sold 304,424 units for the first nine months of 2015, down from 390,731 units sold last year. At the same time, its earnings per share for the nine months of 2015 totaled RMB 7.32 (~$1.15), down from RMB 13.02 delivered a year ago. It should be mentioned that the stock trades at a very cheap trailing price-to-earnings ratio of 5.10, which is substantially below the average of 22.73 for the S&P 500 companies.

Although the number of hedge funds with positions in the engine manufacturer climbed to nine from eight during the third quarter, the value of their positions shrank to $46.66 million from $56.78 million quarter-on-quarter. These hedge funds stockpiled nearly 10% of the company’s outstanding common stock at the end of September. Alan Reid’s Forward Management owns approximately 492,000 shares in China Yuchai International Limited (NYSE:CYD) as of the end of the third quarter.

Himanshu H. Shah
Himanshu H. Shah
Shah Capital Management

Let’s move on to the second page of this article, where we discuss the 13D filing submitted by Clinton Group.

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