Top Picks of Healthcare-focused Asset Manager Run by Former SAC Capital Traders

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HealthCor Management L.P. was co-founded by Joseph Healey and Arthur Cohen, two former SAC Capital Advisors traders, in 2005. In fact, the founders of the New York-based long-short equity hedge fund were sued by Steve Cohen’s former SAC Capital, accusing the pair of breaching their employment contracts by leaving SAC to launch their own shop.

HealthCor performed quite strongly in the first several years of activity, as the fund returned 25% in 2006, 18% in 2007 and 4% in 2008. It should be noted that HealthCor made money in 2008, whereas the average hedge fund firm lost 19% during that year. Retail investors seeking to add a few healthcare-related stocks to their portfolios should definitely have a look at HealthCor’s portfolio. For that reason, Insider Monkey decided to lay out the five largest equity holdings in HealthCor Management’s portfolio at the end of the March quarter, as well as discuss the performance of those positions to date.

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#5. Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE:MNK)

– Shares owned by HealthCor Management as of March 31: 1.73 Million

– Value of HealthCor Management’s holding as of March 31: $105.71 Million

HealthCor Management upped its position in Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE:MNK) by nearly 1.48 million shares during the first three months of 2016, ending the March quarter with 1.73 million shares. The reshuffled position was worth $105.71 million at the end of March and made up roughly 6.0% of the fund’s entire portfolio. The maker of branded and generic specialty pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products has seen its market value plunge by 21% since the beginning of 2016, presumably because of intense scrutiny about price gouging around Canadian drug maker Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc. (NYSE:VRX). Mallinckrodt’s Acthar, a drug used for the treatment of seizures in infants that accounts for more than one-fourth of the company’s revenues, cost $1,650 a vial in 2007, but the price jumped to $23,000 a vial in 2012.  Short-seller Andrew Left of Citron Research said earlier this year that the Dublin-based pharmaceutical company is “robbing from the health care system”. John Paulson’s Paulson & Co owns 8.95 million shares of Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE:MNK) as of the end of March.

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#4. Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH)

– Shares owned by HealthCor Management as of March 31: 950,000

– Value of HealthCor Management’s holding as of March 31: $111.27 Million

The New York-based asset manager was also bullish on Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) during the first quarter of 2016, as the firm increased its stake in LabCorp by 150,000 shares during the quarter to 950,000 shares. The upped stake was valued at $111.27 million on March 31 and accounted for 6.3% of the firm’s portfolio. The shares of the healthcare diagnostics company are up 4% thus far in 2016, fully recovering from the plunge experienced since early January through mid-February. In early June, analysts at Credit Suisse raised their price target on LabCorp to $143 from $135 and maintained their “Outperform” rating on the company, citing low synergy targets from the acquisition of Covance completed in early 2015 and “manageable” Medicare fee schedule changes. Investors have been previously worried about a possible decline in fees for laboratory services reimbursed by Medicare. Larry Robbins’ Glenview Capital was the owner of 5.46 million shares of Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings (NYSE:LH) at the end of the first quarter.

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Let’s head to the next page of this article, where we will reveal the top three holdings in HealthCor’s portfolio at the end of March.

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