Black-and-White Capital, also called “BANDWCAP,” is an activist hedge fund created in 2016 owned and operated by Seth Wunder.
The more I look into Seth Wunder and Black-and-White Capital, the more I find myself returning to one simple question:
Who is Seth Wunder?
I am not trolling here. I am genuinely curious to learn more about Seth and his company, especially after they were the first to take an activist investor stance on Etsy in early 2017.
Here’s what I know so far:
If you want to learn more about a subject, you have to follow the money. Below is a fascinating SEC filing concerning Black-and-White’s corporate practices.
Letters to the Etsy Board
I love these letters. They are informative and very well-written. As someone who is curious about activist investing, they have been fun to read.
- black-and-white Capital Letter to Etsy Board on 3/13/17
- black-and-white Capital Letter to Etsy Board on 4/3/17
This is their domain name, where “bandwcap” is short for “Black-and-White Capital.” The website is just a blank page, so I won’t link to it. However, even this blank page seems to provide an insight into Seth Wunder and Black-and-White, as they seem to make moves to protect even basic information. Or they just don’t see any benefit to having a web page, which I understand.
Interview: August 2017
I found this video footage of Seth being interviewed on the Brummer & Partners website. Click image or click here to watch the interview in English:
In October 2017, Seth Wunder was quoted in this CNBC article as being a fan of the Lending Club stock.
Have you been able to find any other stocks he’s a fan of that have succeeded? I’d love to hear about it!
Read about Seth’s take on LendingClub below:
“LendingClub has the potential to be a high growth company taking advantage of technology and scale to produce high incremental margins,” Wunder said. “Comparisons to specialty lenders are misplaced since LendingClub has limited absorption of credit risk.”
Wunder noted that investors providing loans through the online lending platform bear the credit risk, rather than LendingClub itself. But even then, LendingClub has access to a broader range of consumer data than just FICO scores, allowing it to better assess credit risk than a traditional lender, he said, citing a case study with a regional bank.
New loans, or originations, through LendingClub increased 3.6 percent, to nearly $8.7 billion in 2016, despite a scandal that resulted in the CEO’s resignation. Wunder said he expects originations to more than double to $20 billion in about five years.
With those growth prospects, Wunder expects the stock to climb 160 percent to $17 a share from Thursday’s price around $6.50 a share.
2017 Hedge Fund Rising Stars
Wunder was named to Institutional Investor’s list of 2017 Hedge Fund Rising Stars:
Technology is the big disrupter. Seth Wunder plans to profit from such changes by identifying technology winners and losers across all sectors. A former portfolio manager with Contour Asset Management, a long-short equity fund focused on technology, media, and telecommunications, Wunder moved to LA and launched Black-and-White Capital in June 2016. Wunder, 39, who graduated from Cornell University with a BS in applied economics and business management, got his start as an analyst with Morgan Stanley.
Business Insider 2016 Story on Launch
BI covered in July 2016 the cut that Seth was launching Black and White Capital. A great article that chronicles not only the beginning of a fascinating company, but also the start of what our deep dive is leading up to.
History of Black-and-White Capital
black-and-white Capital LP (“black-and-white”) was formed in July 2016 according to this SEC filing. The principal owners of black-and-white are B&P Advisors Inc. and Seth Wunder. The fund will have a focus on global technology, media and telecommunications companies (called “TMT”). The minimum initial investment is $1,000,000.
- Steve Tarrab, 310-254-1304 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Seth Wunder, Principal
- Onnig Terzian, Sector Head
Other Linked Funds
Things like Black-and-White Innovation Fund (Cayman Islands), Black-and-White Innovation Fund LP (Delaware), and Black-and-White Innovation Master Fund Ltd are listed in the SEC filing. More stuff about Brummer & Partners AB that I don’t understand the relationship of, but I’m guessing they put in a lot of money.
Update: Will McC emailed me some more links and news, which I’m adding below.
Excellence in Investing for Children’s Causes Foundation
- “Seth Wunder founded black-and-white Capital LP in 2016 and is the sole portfolio manager. Before black-and-white Capital, Seth was a founding partner and portfolio manager at Contour Asset Management LLC, which managed the Manticore Fund…”
WSJ Article 2014
- Top Hedge Funds Take Hit on Tech Downturn
- Founders David Meyer and Seth Wunder, who were sanguine that the pullback may have helped in “removing the froth and some of the excessive optimism,” added they are not yet betting on a long-term sector-wide decline. “Calling a price bubble is not an easy feat,” they wrote.
Fortune Magazine 2003
- Are Chips About To Dip? Probably. Semi stocks have gotten a bit too zesty lately…
- “Investors got caught up in the momentum of the market, and the move up was strong,” says Seth Wunder, an analyst at OppenheimerFunds. “But we’ve grown more cautious at these levels.”
Hedge Fun Alerts 2013
- Hedge Fund Alert PDF
- Wunder arrived in 2009. He previously was a founding member at Tracer Capital.
- Seth Wunder LinkedIn
- Twitter search for “Seth Wunder”
- Some interesting hedge fund twitter talk about Wunder investing in Fortinet (tech security products, TiVo Corp (licenses intellectual property rights), and Groupon
- Washington Post article about another investor that lists Brummer and Partners/Contour Asset Management – David Meyer, Seth Wunder as being ranked 5th in return amongst mid-size hedge funds and at 23% YTD and $728 million in assets.
- News from alumni association of the Beta Theta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Cornell
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