The hedge fund industry is a highly secretive, mysterious one. Most funds have only the most simplistic of Web sites accessible only to their "limited partners." Mega hedge funds like SAC Capital and Perry Capital offer harsh warnings to anyone trying to view unauthorized material, or as they see it, anyone trying to get a view into their research.
The Children's Investment Fund takes its security to the next level. The elusive hedge fund has no Web site. And don't let the kindly "Children's Investment Fund" name fool you; this London-based fund is known for aggressive shareholder activism. TCI, which has about $7 billion under management, was launched in January 2004 by Christopher Hohn. The value-oriented fund's name reflects the money it donates to children's charities.
In 2005, via its large share of
, TCI forced the resignation of the exchange's CEO after he refused to abandon his plan to take over the
London Stock Exchange
. In 2006 the firm had a large position in the European Euronext exchange, but was reported to sell a large chunk of its position due to rumors that Euronext was pursuing a merger with the
, as opposed to Deutsche Boerse.
At Stockpickr, we track the fund's portfolio with
TCI's core position is
, which provides railroad services in the eastern U.S. It also provides coast-to-coast intermodal transportation services linking customers to railroads, through trucks and terminals.
Currently though, there is a battle going between TCI and CSX management. TCI feels that CSX has incompetent management that has worked against shareholder value. TCI has written numerous letters to the board of CSX suggesting that CSX CEO Michael Ward be fired.
While TCI doesn't even have a Web site of its own, the 4.1% CSX shareholder recently created a
CSX generates about $10 billion in annual revenue and $5.5 billion in gross profit. Just recently, the board approved another $2 billion share-buyback to be completed by the end of 2008. By then, 15% of the company's outstanding shares will be off the market -- this reduced dilution will be huge for shareholders.
also owns a stake in CSX.
Another interesting name that TCI owns is
. Calgary-based TransAlta produces and sells electric energy in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Australia. It also operates coal, gas, hydro and other alternative plants. With gross profit of $1.3 billion and EBITDA of $965.98 million, TransAlta seems like an interesting hedge on international demand for alternative sources of energy.
TCI also owns a position in
and recently sold out of
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