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Activist Updates

Hedge funds and managers are building stakes, starting proxy battles, and taking profits. Here’s the latest in activist investor news.

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Hedge Fund: Jana Partners Strikes Deal with Bloomin’ Brands on Directors

April 13, 2020

Activist fund Jana Partners has struck a deal with Bloomin’ Brands (NASDAQ: BLMN) on board seats. The two firms agreed to add two new independent directors to the restaurant company’s board. Bloomin is best known as the owner of Outback Steakhouse. The activist fund, which owns 9% of BLMN, has been pushing for changes to the board due to falling sales at the company.


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Alternative Investments: Latest Activist Investor Filings

April 8, 2020

Activist investor Julian Singer has used the investing partnership, JDS1, LLC, to accumulate 6.43% of HC2 Holdings, Inc (HCHC).

The target provides construction, marine services, energy, telecommunications, insurance, life sciences, broadcasting, and other services.

REITS: Activist Bow Street Still Takes Aim at Board of Mack – Cali

April 7, 2020

Last year activist investor Bow Street won 4 seats on the Board of Mack- Cali (NYSE: CLI). This REIT invests in office and multifamily projects in the Northeastern United States.

Last week, Mack-Cali decided not to re-nominate those board members for a new term.

In their statement announcing the decision, Mack-Cali officials said the four had worked to blatantly promote Bow Street’s self-interest. The firm accused the activist firm of wanting to force a fire sale of the company as a whole or the assets one by one. Mack-Cali said selling would not be in the best interest of shareholders. 

Insider Buying Recap: April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

As markets sold-off on Friday, we saw two large purchases by activist investors. We saw a lot of buying at MGM and Zagg. In one case the activist had a board seat and is considered an insider. he was joined in aggressive buying by other executives including the CEO and CFO.

Alternative Investments: Activists Will Get Busy Soon, Says Tim Melvin

April 2, 2020

As companies become more undervalued as the economy slows because of shutdown orders across the United States, I expect that the pace of activist activity to increase. We should see more filings later this week as investors hit the deadline to file on shares purchased during the selloff that started yesterday.

Active Alpha – Insider Buying for April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020

Here is the latest update on insider buying and activist actions by alternative asset firms. As stock prices were falling once again on Tuesday, we saw more reports of activist investors and private equity funds taking positions in stocks with the intent of influencing management to take steps to improve the stock price.

Alternative Investments: Activists Pressure GameStop for Board Seat

March 12, 2020

Hestia Capital Partners is part of a group of investors pushing for a board seat at embattled gaming retailer GameStop (NYSE: GME). 

A report indicates that Hestia joins Permit Capital Enterprise Fund and its affiliates in the pursuit of a board seat. They raised concerns in a letter that no current director has a sizeable stake in the company. The group owns about 7.5% of the company stock. 

Hedge Funds: Activist Hedge Fund Elliott Management Targets Twitter

March 3, 2020

Twitter Inc (NYSE: TWTR), which owns the social media and tweeting platform so loved by President Trump, is under siege. Elliott Management, the feared activist hedge fund owned by billionaire Paul Singer, has accumulated a sizable stake in the company, led by Jack Dorsey.

Activist Hedge Fund Looks to Shake Up Insurance Giant Prudential

February 25, 2020

Activist hedge fund Third Point has taken aim at the 172-year-old insurance giant Prudential (LON: PRU). According to a new filing, Dan Loeb’s shop wants to split the firm into two operations and shutter its British office. This would effectively end the country’s 18-decade presence in England. 

Elliott Investment Management Takes Stake in NN Group

February 20, 2020

Elliott Investment Management has built a 3.04% stake in Dutch insurer NN Group (OTCMKTS: NNGRY), according to a filing with AFM this week. Paul Singer’s hedge fund said that the investment is a reflection that it believes “in the material and sustainable value-creation opportunity that exists at the company.” Under rules with the Dutch regulator, companies must file when they breach the 3% ownership level. 

Hedge Funds: Kerrisdale Capital Takes Aim at

February 14, 2020

Activist hedge fund Kerrisdale Capital has taken a short stake in Match Group (NASDAQ: MTCH). The online dating operator owns Tinder and The activist fund expects that shares will fall due to increasing threats around government regulation and intervention.

Billionaire Bill Ackman

Hedge Fund: Pershing Square Capital Sells Starbucks Stake

February 6, 2020

Pershing Square Capital has exited its stake in Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX). According to reports, Bill Ackman’s hedge fund announced the divestiture during an investor presentation today. 

Hedge Funds: The 2020 Top Picks of Andrew Left’s Citron Capital (First Year Gain 43.3%)

January 7, 2020

Famed short-seller Andrew Left’s Citron Capital published its Annual Investor Letter for 2019 on Monday.
“In 2019, our first full year of operation, Citron Capital, LP generated a gross return of 56.4% and net return of 43.3%,” wrote Left. “The Fund’s average exposure during 2019 was 75.8% long and 80.3% short.”

Hedge Fund Marshall Wace is Shorting Denmark’s Largest Lender

January 6, 2020

Marshall Wace has taken a short position against Danske Bank. The Danish FSA said that the firm has a short position that reaches the threshold of 0.5% of issued shares. 

MIG Capital Pushes Groupon for a Board Seat

January 3, 2020

MIG Capital is pushing Groupon to push its CEO Richard Merage on the shopping-deal provider’s board of directors. The activist fund with $1 billion in AUM owns 5% of Groupon stock. It wants to push Merage on the docket for a vote Groupon’s 2020 annual meeting.

Alternative Investments: More Finger-pointing in NMC Health’s Spat With Muddy Waters

January 3, 2020

In mid-December, famed activist and short-seller fund Muddy Waters threw the book at Abu-Dhabi based NMC Healthcare. NMC is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Its shares plunged from 2585 pence on December 16 to 1300.50 pence on December 20, a fall of about 50%. Carson Block’s Muddy Waters said it had “serious doubts” on NMC Health’s financial statements. Further, it alleged the healthcare company had manipulated these documents.

Activist Update: Jonathan Litt Wants to Create a Casino REIT Colossus

December 20, 2019

Jonathan Litt Wants to Create a Casino REIT Colossus. Litt’s firm, Land & Buildings (L&B), has accumulated a “significant” position in GLPI, Litt revealed on Twitter on Wednesday. Besides, GLPI is now also L&B’s “largest position,” he tweeted. Litt says a GLPI-Vici deal will create a significant upside for GLPI shareholders.

Activist Update: Carl Icahn Sued by Xerox Investor Over Alleged Insider Trading

December 18, 2019

Shareholder activist Carl Icahn is in the dock for alleged insider trading when he bought a chunk of HP stock worth $ 1.2 billion. According to the Miami Firefighter Relief and Pension Fund, which is a shareholder of Xerox, Icahn had privy to knowledge that Xerox would bid for the HP shares at a higher price later. Icahn is the largest shareholder of Xerox, holding 11% of its stock.

Activist Update: Nuveen Ohio Quality Municipal Income Fund Shareholders Send Saba Packing

December 17, 2019

Saba Capital, the closed-ended fund activist hedge fund, has been targeting the Nuveen Ohio Quality Municipal Income Fund (NUO). The activist holds about 8.7% of the Fund and proposed to appoint its own nominees to Saba’s board of trustees.
It also sought to declassify NUO’s board of trustees. However, NUO shareholders rejected Saba’s board nominees and its declassification proposal.

Activist Updates: 27 Jobs Lost in Countdown to Icahn’s Miami Move

December 12, 2019

Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn is moving to Miami in a bid to lower his tax bill. As previously reported, Icahn will relocate to Miami by March 31, and any employees unwilling to move with him would be laid-off. It’s crunch time, and it appears that 27 employees have opted for the Big Apple over Magic City.

Activist Updates: Starboard is Aboard Mednax; Wants Co’s Sale, Board Seats

December 12, 2019

Activist Investor Starboard Value LP, which owns a stake in Mednax Inc., has proposed a majority slate of directors in the latter.
According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Mednax, a $2.1 billionhealthcare service provider, is under pressure from Starboard Value LP to sell all or a part of itself.
Mednax had a nomination deadline for its board a few days ago, and Starboard is said to have submitted its nominees for board seats.
Informed sources told the WSJ that the two sides are holding negotiations over the composition of the board. Should these not conclude amicably, Starboard may take its battle to the shareholders at the next annual meeting.

Activist Investors Stay Busy This Week – Rolls Royce, GAM, Domino’s Pizza

December 11, 2019

Activist investors are pushing for significant changes as we bring this year to a close. This week, Domino’s Pizza chairman Stephen Hemsley announced plans to step down from his role thanks to hedge fund pressure. Hemsley took the role in 2010. Now, he will exit on December 29.

Hedge Fund Elliott Pushes Saga To Jettison Care-giving Unit

December 9, 2019

It was a highly lopsided match anyway. In a peace offering to activist Elliott Advisors, Saga is putting its care business up for sale.
Saga is reportedly working with accountants Grant Thornton to sell its Saga Healthcare unit. The business comprises the Country Cousins, and Patricia White’s branded care services.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Rejects Elliott Demand for “Proactive Sale”

December 9, 2019

Alexion Pharmaceuticals will not obey Elliott Management’s demand for a “proactive sale.” The company says that the process of seeking a buyer doesn’t suit shareholder interest. The biotech firm has worked to maintain control of its market share for drugs treating rare blood disorders. Following news that it would not engage in a sales process, the firm’s stock popped on Friday.

Pershing Square Capital Boosts Stake In Howard Hughes

December 6, 2019

Pershing Square Capital Management has increased its stake in Howard Hughes Corp., according to an S-4 filing with the SEC. Activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman and his firm announced the increase on Wednesday.