Believe all the propaganda from governments and central banks you want. This letter from Perry Capital tells us all we need to know. The fish smells off. This fish trader has had enough. They’re essentially saying the amount of manipulation in markets is too high and they can’t conscionably manage people’s money within that environment. Essentially they’re not prepared to advertise fresh deep ocean tuna to clients when it’s fished from a farm located downstream from a sewage plant and an oil tanker spill. At the same time we see Deutsche Bank shares make new lows and more clients ask for their money back. The run has started.
Over 28 years ago, Paul Leff and I started a money management firm. Our catalyst oriented value approach combined financial analysis and active engagement with management teams to create attractive opportunities with asymmetric risk/reward. During this time, we provided capital to many companies and countries facing stress and distress. Our style worked well for many years and we had the pleasure of hiring, training, and working alongside some of the best people in this business who have significantly contributed to the success of Perry Capital. Although I continue to believe very strongly in our investments, process and team, the industry and market headwinds against us have been strong, and the timing for success in our positions too unpredictable.
As a result, we have decided to wind down Perry Partners LP. We will manage the Fund’s wind down in the most effective way possible. We have been raising cash and plan to return a substantial amount of the fund’s capital in the beginning of October. The rest of the portfolio will be monetized in an orderly fashion and will be categorized by expected liquidation horizon: short term (2-3 months), medium term (6-12 months) and longer term (greater than I year).
We will prudently manage the remaining investments down over time. The short and medium term investments will be sold opportunistically but efficiently so as not to move markets or harm investment value. The longer term investments, for example the GSEs and some of the RMBS putback securities, will take time and energy to successfully realize an appropriate result. Our core team remains in place so that no effort or diligence will be compromised. We are committed to these investments and to you, our partners.
Going forward, we intend to return your capital quarterly. I am completely dedicated to making sure this process goes as smoothly as possible and have no other plans. Our interests are aligned — the Perry funds represent almost all of my liquid capital.
Over the next few weeks, I hope to speak with many of you. I want to personally tell you how much I have valued your support and trust. Thank you for your partnership over the years.
All my best,