Cheyne Capital Annual Newsletter
Dear Fellow Investors
Welcome to the first Cheyne Newsletter, providing a summary of key events from 2009 and our thoughts on 2010.
After the traumatic economic dislocation in 2008, which resulted in an almost unprecedented destruction in value for investors worldwide, 2009 saw some return to
normality in valuations and returns. We are pleased to report that Cheyne had a very busy and successful year in terms of repositioning to better reflect current
market opportunities, adding new management, new fund managers, new investment vehicles, and helping our investors achieve attractive returns. Today Cheyne
manages net assets of approximately US$ 5.5 billion across corporate credit, real estate and asset-backed strategies, event driven, convertible bonds, equity long-
short, equity macro, and fund of funds.
Highlights of 2009
In April, we were pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Goekjian as Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”). As CIO, Chris has taken overall
responsibility for the risk management of all Cheyne-managed funds and investment products, the oversight of portfolio management teams, and the
development of new investment products. Prior to joining Cheyne, Chris was Founder and CIO of Altedge Capital (UK) Ltd, and previously spent 10
years at Credit Suisse, where he was head of the Global Fixed Income Division, a member of the Executive Board, and had overall responsibility for
over US$ 300 billion of trading positions and over 100 traders worldwide. Chris’s appointment is an important strategic addition to our investment and
risk management capabilities.
We are proud of our fixed income expertise, investing across the full credit spectrum from investment grade to distressed and high yield. A big theme
for 2009 was riding the recovery of the dislocated credit markets, which Cheyne took advantage of with the launch of the Cheyne Real Estate Debt
Fund. This fund invests in unleveraged European real estate debt markets (CMBS/RMBS/loans), and tailors fund investment criteria with target returns
of 10-30% depending on investors' risk/return preferences. The initial share class launched in August 2009 and has had uninterrupted monthly
profitability since, returning 12.73%** since inception.
Our award-winning Credit team manages the Cheyne Long/Short Credit Fund, which has recently been nominated for the Eurohedge Credit Fund
of the Year 2009 award. The fund has directional and relative value sub-strategies, positioning individual credits long or short based on our
fundamental analysis and market view. The fund has a five-year track record and was up 24.90%** in 2009, having fallen only -4.95% in 2008. In
addition, the long only, unlevered Corporate Bond portfolio of the Cheyne Total Return Credit Fund takes selective exposure to predominantly
investment-grade corporate bonds, aiming to secure high returns with relatively low default risk. Since its launch in May, this product is up 10.9%**.
Recently, the Credit team’s success has been recognised by institutional investors who have selected them to take over the management and
restructuring of significant credit portfolios.
In September, Cheyne hired arguably the most successful equity trading team ever to emerge from Morgan Stanley Europe to form the Cheyne
Equity Macro Fund. Led by Jorge Giampaoli and Paul Ruddleston, this fund follows a short-term, liquid, macro-based equity trading strategy. The
appointment of the team allows Cheyne to broaden our equities offerings in line with investor demand. Previously, Jorge was responsible for
Proprietary Trading for the Morgan Stanley European Equity division, and Paul was Managing Director and Head of Global Market Trading Strategy,
and as such he was responsible for the equity strategy for all proprietary equity groups at the firm.
In September we also announced the launch of our first UCITS III compliant vehicle, the Cheyne Select UCITS Fund Plc. With an absolute return
strategy, the first class of the fund aims to generate long-term absolute capital appreciation by investing in global convertible bonds. With Cheyne’s
origins deeply rooted in converts, the Cheyne Select Convertibles Fund builds on a 10-year track record and expertise in long-only and hedge fund
convertible bond management. Cheyne’s Long Only Convertible Bond Programmme has seen a strong rebound in 2009 and was up 37.4%** for
Cheyne’s European Event Driven Fund, which launched at the start of October, invests in liquid European credit and equity situations, seeking net
returns of 15-20%. The Event Driven team, one of the largest and most experienced groups of Event Driven specialists in Europe today, seeks to
identify the most attractive opportunities across the entire capital structure. The current positioning of the fund favours high yield and credit
restructuring situations over equity opportunities. The fund got off to a very strong start in its first three months, producing positive returns each month.
Cheyne also welcomes Altedge to our family of managed products. In August we assumed the management responsibilities of US$ 200 million fund
of fund assets. With a six-year track record, the two Altedge flagship funds have added an extra dimension to Cheyne’s investment activities. The
Fund of Funds team, led by Cem Habib, won two nominations for best multi-strategy funds in 2006 and 2007, and the best newcomer fund of hedge
funds award for the CTA fund of funds in 2008.
Finally, over the last year Cheyne has placed even greater importance on broadening and expanding our excellent client relationships. To this end,
Max Nardulli was appointed as Head of International Sales and Distribution in October. Max is responsible for marketing Cheyne’s range of
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products globally, excluding the United Kingdom. He joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he was head of the alternative capital
markets team, responsible for EMEA and Asia ex-Japan. Tom Wiggin joined as Head of UK Marketing in November. Tom has long been
acquainted with Cheyne and joins us from Deutsche Bank in London where he worked since 1998, most recently as Managing Director, responsible for
hedge fund relationships in Europe.
All performance stated above is net of fees. **Performance as at 31.12.09 is based on Cheyne’s internal preliminary figures. Please see Disclaimer detailed below.
Outlook for 2010
Most major equity indices were up over 20% in 2009 and over 65% from the March 2009 lows. To put this rally in context, despite a solid 2009,
equities will exit the noughties with their worst 10-year performance history on record (eg MSCI World Index is down -17% since 1999). Equities are
more reasonably valued today on several key metrics, for example, the forward P/E ratio is 50% lower than it was 10 years ago, the dividend yield is
2x higher, and the risk-free rate of return is 40% lower. Prior to the last decade, there have been thirteen 10-year periods with negative stock returns.
In every subsequent 10-year period, the annual returns have exceeded 10% and doubled the return of government bonds. Improving corporate profits,
the re-emergence of M&A, reasonable valuations and, eventually, positive fund flows should be supportive for equities in 2010, but greater selectivity
will be required. In 2009 smaller cap equities rallied the most as illustrated by the equally-weighted S&P 500 index which outperformed the S&P 500 by
a whopping 20%. As a firm we believe the best risk-reward in equities today is in large cap equities with iconic brands, strong balance sheets, foreign-
sourced earnings, and pricing power.
Meanwhile, strong funds flows into credit should ensure a continuation of the robust performance enjoyed by investment grade credit in 2009 and
fuel ongoing compression between crossover and investment-grade spreads. Even at current levels, investment-grade is pricing in Depression-era
default rates, which Cheyne feels are unlikely to be realised, given the healthy liquidity profiles and access to capital that most investment-grade
credits continue to enjoy. Nonetheless, individual credit selection remains key both to avoiding defaults and maximising returns from trading names
within the funds. Cheyne's rigorous research capability positions us to identify trading opportunities, and should renewed deterioration in economic
conditions or a cessation of the global carry trade precipitate a new round of spread widening, we will be well placed to avoid the problematic names in
our long-only portfolios and position them for trading gains in our long-short funds.
European high yield performed extremely well in 2009 and yields continue to look attractive for institutional and retail investors seeking good yield in
a lower interest rate environment from an asset class where default rate expectations, although still higher than long run averages, are coming down
fast. On the supply side, LBO/fallen angel borrowers needing to refinance shorter term debts and extend past the big wall of 2014/2015 maturities will
focus on the high yield market, given loan market new issuance remains relatively sluggish. Forecasts of supply into Europe suggest EUR 40-45bn+ of
new issuance for 2010. This should lead to a transformation of the European high yield market in terms of breadth and depth. Moving into 2010, there
is a much smaller distressed bond market focused on actual distressed assets, as opposed to good companies with distressed bond prices. This is
highlighted by the proportion of European high yield bonds trading under 60 which fell from 51% at the end of 2008 to 3.9% at the end of 2009.
Nonetheless, Cheyne believes that 2010 will be another positive year for European high yield, although not to the extent of 2009, and expects to see
many trade opportunities around the refinancing wall event that Cheyne is well placed to take advantage of, including inter alia bond tenders,
distressed exchanges, debt-for-equity offers, and bond calls.
Following the extraordinary dislocation of the European asset backed market in 2008, the market recovered substantially in 2009. Over the course of
2010, we expect continued strength for first pay, good quality, highly rated asset backed bonds (RMBS or single loan CMBS), as real money accounts
and hedge funds continue to enter the space. Spreads in this sector will, we believe, continue to tighten over the course of the year prompting
investors to look for yield further down the capital structure. Cheyne believes the asset backed market offers substantial value against other fixed
income asset classes. This will be a key opportunity for investors with the ability to analyse the underlying properties and related capital structures.
With a focus on those specific market segments that continue to amply discount a reversal of the burgeoning global economic and financial markets
recovery, we approach 2010 with fresh optimism.
Wishing you the very best for 2010,
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with the Best Practice Standards of the Hedge Fund Standards Board.
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Performance for the Cheyne Blended Long Only Convertible Bond Programme is based upon a compilation of regional Long Only portfolios managed by Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP. Please contact
Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP for details of the methods used to pool segregated accounts and derive the monthly performance figures shown above. Past performance is not indicative of future results
and there can be no assurances that the Fund will achieve comparable results.
The data contained herein is the opinion of Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP as to the potential net asset value and net monthly/yearly return and is provided for illustrative purposes. This opinion does not
constitute a valuation as described in the private placement memorandum. It is intended for your own use, and should not be quoted, circulated or otherwise referred to without our express prior consent.
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