Brahman Capital Corp. is shuttering its stock-picking hedge fund and returning cash to clients after more than three decades, according to people familiar with the matter.
(Bloomberg) — Brahman Capital Corp. is shuttering its stock-picking hedge fund and returning cash to clients after more than three decades, according to people familiar with the matter.
The fund has lost money the last two years — including an 18% decline in 2022 — and has been flat this year through April, according to documents seen by Bloomberg.
Brahman, which manages $1.1 billion, is returning less than half of those assets as part of the hedge fund closing. Clients will get most of their capital back by mid-June.
The firm will continue running its long-only fund to capitalize on market dislocations, one of the people said. That fund is up 3.1% this year through April, trailing the S&P 500’s 8.6% gain.
A spokesman for the New York-based firm declined to comment.
Stock-pickers have benefited from a stronger market this year, compared with the tech rout of 2022 when the S&P benchmark tumbled 19%. The number of hedge fund closures last year topped new funds — in a reversal from 2021.
Brahman’s hedge fund has returned an annualized 8% since it started trading in 1991. Firm assets have tumbled from $5.5 billion at the end of 2015.
Brahman runs a concentrated portfolio. It was invested in 20 stocks as of March 31, and four of those accounted for almost 60% of its long equity exposure, regulatory filings show. Three of those four have lost money this year.
Mitchell Kuflik, Robert Sobel and Peter Hochfelder founded Brahman in 1989, naming it after a “bull that has evolved to thrive during feast and famine,” according to the firm’s website.
–With assistance from Heather Perlberg.
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