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Arquitos Capital on Nam Tai (NTP): “We Missed Out Massively by Selling Out When We Did”

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Arquitos Capital, an investment management firm, published its second-quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A quarterly net return of 7.2% was delivered by the fund for the Q2 of 2021, bringing the year-to-date return to 51.3%. You can take a look at the fund’s top 5 holdings to have an idea about their top bets for 2021.

In the Q2 2021 investor letter of Arquitos Capital, the fund mentioned Nam Tai Property Inc. (NYSE: NTP) and discussed its stance on the firm. Nam Tai Property Inc. is a China-based holding company with a $951.4 million market capitalization. NTP delivered a 314.28% return since the beginning of the year, while its 12-month returns are up by 183.46%. The stock closed at $23.23 per share on August 23, 2021.

Here is what Arquitos Capital has to say about Nam Tai Property Inc. in its Q2 2021 investor letter:

"For the portfolio, despite the great recent performance, I made two mistakes that significantly affected results. One mistake involved Nam Tai Property (NTP), which was a more recent holding. Last quarter, I wrote about how we had trimmed our position in NTP. A chunk of NTP’s cash was caught in the Credit Suisse Greensill scandal; and it is likely the company will suffer some sort of permanent loss from it. The decision to invest company cash into Greensill Capital highlighted decision-making issues with the NTP management that activist investors are attempting to dislodge.

I sold out for that reason, and the fact that the special meeting that had previously been scheduled—and in which the activists were likely to prevail—was postponed.

I thought this would provide an opportunity to reinvest at a lower price. We did make a nearly 200% return in the equity and an even higher return in options. But we never had the chance to reinvest as I had intended. We sold out in the $14 range. Shares then began a rapid ascent, hitting a peak of $37.88 before coming back down to the mid $20s where they are now. Ouch.

In hindsight, it should have been obvious to me that investors friendly to both the entrenched management and to the activists would bid up shares. We missed out massively by selling out when we did."

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