New York (HedgeCo.Net) – RAB Special Situations hedge fund is contemplating a share buyback, after getting burned by the nationalization of Northern Rock and the plummeting of share values that followed. The fund said it may repurchase the shares and either hold or cancel them.
"Our strategy has now lost money for three straight quarters ever since the credit crunch spread from the debt markets and began to hurt equity valuations," said RAB head Philip Richards.
While he did write off the Northern Rock loss as “very regrettable,” Richards went on to explain how he believes in a twenty year super-cycle for commodities. This would be driven by urbanization and industrialization in China, India and the Gulf region; areas that he says are experiencing supply shortages stemming from decades of under-investments in the mining and energy industries.
The $1.5 billion fund lost about 37% of its NAV this year. While it was the biggest holder of Northern Rock, other sour investments would have still forced the decline in Net Asset Value. The fund posted a loss of 28.9 million pounds, or 53.8 million dollars in the first six months of this year.
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