“Soft Activist” P2 Capital Shows it Cards

May 10th, 2009
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Two years after launching its “soft activist” hedge fund, Claus Moller’s P2 Capital Partners finally revealed its portfolio holdings. The firm’s 12/31/08 filing with the SEC shows that it manages $183 million in equity assets across 14 companies. The firm takes a private equity approach to public equity investing and calls itself a “friendly activist” because it likes to constructively help out management teams of its portfolio companies.

P2 Capital’s top positions were in Pool Corporation (POOL) with $29.5 million, UTi Worldwide Inc (UTIW) with $29.3 million, PSS World Medical Inc (PSSI) with $20.1 million and Corinthian Colleges Inc with $19.9 million. Approximately 50% of its portfolio was held in Industrial/Business Services companies, while 35% was held in Consumer Discretionary companies.

P2 Capital Partners was founded in 2006 by Managing Partner Claus Moller. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Moller was a Managing Partner at Blum Capital Partners, a San Francisco-based hedge fund manager that was founded in 1975 by Chairman Richard C. Blum. For more information on P2 Capital, please see the firm’s profile below.
For Detailed Investor Profiles on these Investors, click below:
P2 Capital Partners
Blum Capital Partners
Related People: Claus Moller; Richard C. Blum
Related Entities: Blum Capital; Blum Capital Partners*; P2 Capital Fund; P2 Capital Fund IV LP; P2 Capital Fund Ltd; Richard C. Blum & Associates
Related Article Tags: Shareholder Activists, Corporate Raiders and Proxy Battles; Hedge Fund Launches and Hedge Fund Closings


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