• Additional attributes Short
  • Strategy Stocks
Cable Car Capital invests globally in public companies. The firm screens public companies using an intensive, fundamental research process that seeks to identify mispriced securities using a value-oriented approach with a multi-year time horizon. Cable Car Capital capitalizes opportunistically on shorter-term or special situation (e.g. spinoffs, reorganizations, merger arbitrage) opportunities while maintaining a concentrated core portfolio of contrarian/out-of-favor but high-quality longs and over-hyped or mismanaged single-name shorts.
For non-U.S. public companies, Cable Car utilizes American Depository Receipts which are called ADRs. These are receipts of shares of foreign companies that trade on the U.S. stock market exchanges.
Cable Car Capital looks for investment opportunities in assets priced below intrinsic value, irrespective of whether or not they have a low multiple. The firm treats each long or short stock selection as a discrete investment in its’ hedged long/short portfolio. Cable Car seeks to invest in situations with a favorably skewed risk/reward profile, ideally with a margin of safety and in which it has a differentiated view from other market participants.

Cable Car Capital conducts detailed bottom-up financial analysis of companies and industries through careful reading of public filings, questioning of management, discussion with industry experts, and financial forecasting. Cable Car observes assets over time and seeks attractive entry points at inflection points in the business.
Cable Car’s portfolio is concentrated and typically holds 5-10 long positions and  10-15 short positions. No single holding will represent more than 30% of net assets. Gross and net exposure, cash allocation, and number of holdings are functions of idea flow rather than target weightings. As a result, Cable Car may hold fewer positions. In general, Cable Car Capital maintains a net long bias and smaller individual position sizes on the short side. Position size is based on conviction and valuation.
Cable Car Capital closes positions that have reached its estimate of fair value, where the risk/reward tradeoff is no longer acceptable, or where events have disproven the underlying thesis. The firm also opportunistically takes advantage of unwarranted price changes to adjust position weightings.



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Risk score

  • 18.7%

    Best quarter

  • -4.6%

    Worst quarter

    • 1.5% fee
    • $30,000 min
  • Required: Margin account

Performance detail

Performance Portfolio inception August 22, 2013

as of March 28, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Month-to-date -1.6% -0.2%
Quarter-to-date -0.2% 5.3%
Last 365 Days 11.9% 15.8%
Since inception (Annualized) 16.2% 10.3%
2017 (YTD) -0.2% 5.3%
2016 9.2% 9.5%
2015 26.6% -0.7%
2014 3.9% 11.4%

Risk metrics Last 365 days

as of March 28, 2017 Manager (net of fees ) S&P 500
Volatility 13.7% 10.1%
Sharpe Ratio 0.82 1.49
Sortino Ratio 1.48 1.95
Maximum Drawdown -9.0% -5.6%
Value-at-risk (95%, 1 week) -3.2% -2.3%
vs. S&P 500
Information Ratio -0.23
Alpha 10.9%
Beta 0.09
R-Squared 0.00


  • Consumer, Non-cyclical
  • Diversified
  • Financial
  • Consumer, Cyclical
  • Technology

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Latest transactions Average trades per month 10.9

Executed Symbol Security Type Price
March 21, 2017 FNBC First NBC Bank Holding Co Buy $3.70
March 21, 2017 RTRX Retrophin Inc Buy $17.99
March 21, 2017 MNOV MediciNova Inc Buy $5.93
March 02, 2017 CAT Caterpillar Inc Sell short $93.79
March 01, 2017 DVAX Dynavax Technologies Corp Sell $6.95
February 15, 2017 FNBC First NBC Bank Holding Co Sell short $4.75
February 09, 2017 RTRX Retrophin Inc Sell $20.85
February 09, 2017 UVV Universal Corp/VA Buy $81.15
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