(Bloomberg) — ExodusPoint Capital Management weathered February’s coronavirus-fueled market carnage and eked out a slight gain for the month.
The $8.8 billion hedge fund rose about 0.6%, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. That’s roughly in line with multi-strategy peers such as Ken Griffin’s Citadel, whose flagship Wellington fund was up about 1% in February. ExodusPoint, which has sizable exposure to fixed income and has been building out its equity unit, is up 1.8% so far this year.
ExodusPoint recently raised more than $3 billion in about four months and turned away billions more. The commitments came from new and existing and investors and, starting in April, will be drawn down in portions over the coming quarters, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the information is private.
A representative for the firm declined to comment. ExodusPoint was started by Michael Gelband and Hyung Lee in June 2018.
Odey Suffers February Loss Despite Late Surge (3:05 p.m London)
Crispin Odey’s main hedge fund surged amid a stock market rout last week, but it wasn’t enough to save him from another monthly loss.
His Odey European Inc. fund declined 0.9% in February, according to an investor update seen by Bloomberg News. A spokesman for London-based Odey Asset Management declined to comment.
Odey is among one of the world’s most bearish investors and has repeatedly warned against the historic bull market in equities that sputtered last week. In a mid-February note to clients, he said the end of the “frightening” bull run was “quite close.”
When stocks tumbled as coronavirus spread across the world last week, his flagship European money pool gained about 5%. That didn’t quite cover the losses incurred earlier in the month. The fund is down 12% this year after slumping in 2019 to its fourth annual loss in the past five years.
Russell Clark’s Horseman Global, another fund positioned to benefit from a market decline, gained 9.5% last month, according to a separate investor letter. Clark declined to comment.
Other winners include Luxor Capital Group’s fund, which rose 2.5% in February, bringing year-to-date returns to 2.3%, according to a person familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The firm has $3 billion in assets.
Hohn’s Hedge Fund Slumps 8.8% (12:18 p.m. London)
Billionaire activist investor Christopher Hohn’s hedge fund slumped 8.8% last month as the deadly coronavirus outbreak plunged markets into turmoil.
The Children’s Investment Fund, which specializes in taking large stakes in companies and agitating for changes to boost their share prices, runs a long-biased portfolio spread over a small number of stocks. Such funds tend to suffer in a widespread stock market sell-off. The S&P 500 Index suffered its biggest drop last week since the financial crisis in 2008.
The TCI fund’s February decline followed a 3.8% gain the previous month, according to people with knowledge of the matter who declined to be identified because the information is private. The fund gained 41% in 2019, its best annual performance in six years.
The fund’s struggles last month come as some other fund strategies have performed better. Tech-heavy hedge funds including Tiger Global Management and Coatue Management jumped in February, trouncing technology stocks that got clobbered in the market rout. David Meyer’s Contour Asset Management, a $1.4 billion stock hedge fund focused on technology, media and telecommunications sectors, rose about 4% in the month.
A spokesman for the London-based investment firm, which manages about $30 billion, didn’t immediately respond to emails and calls requesting comment.
–With assistance from Melissa Karsh and Nishant Kumar.
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