Mubadala

Public Equities

History

Mubadala Capital’s Public Equities business was established in 2011 and manages a long-biased, concentrated portfolio of global public equities. In addition, the Public Equities team also manages certain positions on behalf of Mubadala.

Investment Philosophy

Mubadala Capital’s Public Equities team employs a consistent, disciplined and private equity-like approach to investing in public markets with a focus on traditional value plays and special situations. The team seeks to invest in value-oriented companies and special situations that the team believes are either currently misunderstood or undergoing structural change.

The key attributes of the investments in the long-biased concentrated portfolio include:

  • Quality businesses typically earning high unlevered returns on invested capital with significant barriers to entry and predictable and reliable cash flow generators.
  • Easy to understand businesses operating in a well-known industry and analyzable from the outside. 
  • Businesses that have compelling valuations with highly skewed risk / reward profiles and high margins of safety with price-to-value discounts of 50 percent or more.
  • Target businesses are typically mispriced for a range of reasons: businesses / industries in transition, temporary financial underperformance, too small and not covered by Wall Street analysts, not currently on investors’ radar screens, businesses facing capital structure challenges and situational complexity, among others.

Typical Investment Parameters

Sector

Sector agnostic with a historical focus on companies with predictable earnings potential within the consumer products and services, finance, industrial, media / telecom, and real estate sectors in which the team has investing experience.

Geographic Focus

North America and Europe; may consider other geographies on a selective basis, particularly where Mubadala’s relationships can be leveraged.

Investment Approach

Generally, aims to invest in three-to-five core long investments each year; ability to go short.

Typical Universe

Carefully designed universe of small and mid-cap companies with a bias towards U.S. $500 million to

U.S. $10 billion market capitalization, and flexibility to look outside of this range.

Target Portfolio Construction

Concentrated investments in the highest conviction ideas:

 

  • Long portfolio: Maximum of 20 investments.
  • Short portfolio: Maximum of 15 investments.

Net exposure will typically range between 50 and 80 percent in normal market conditions.

Objective

Achieve strong, long-term returns with a focus on capital preservation.

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