The Week That Was In Activism

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Here’s the new new though

We’re starting up a new service, straight from the underground. Built to bring special situations and activist investing to the retail investors

We plan on taking a look at an activist targeted company that fits a strict set of rules. Rules that we feel create the greatest and best opportunity when it comes to following activist investors in event-driven opportunities.

The criteria for profiled companies:

  • Less than $5 billion market cap
  • New or increased activist stake within the last 30 days

  • The stock is not trading at more than 20% where activist bought shares

  • Activist has at least 10% of its portfolio invested in the name

You can read more on that here.

Now for the week in activist investing.

This Week In Activism - Aug. 31

News

  • Tom Sandell is still pushing for a buyout of Ethan Allen or a spinoff of its real estate - he sent a letter to the board threatening a proxy battle and owns 5.5%.

  • TCS Capital upped its Angie’s List stake to 9%. The fund is going to push for three board seats and plans on helping with the selection of the next CEO. The biggest thesis is to get the company sold.

  • Larry Seidman sent a letter to ASB Bancorp trying to get the board to accelerate a sale of the small bank.

  • Stadium Capital ups its Big 5 Sporting Goods stake to 12.6%. They’ve been an activist here since 2011.

  • PW Partners boosted its Town Sports International to 11.7%.

  • Cheniere Energy added two of Carl Icahn’s representatives to the board, where he went active last month with an 8.2% stake.

New campaigns

  • Carl Icahn knows no bounds when it comes to commodity-related pain. He’s now active in Freeport-McMoRan with an 8.5% stake. He’s likely looking for a board seat and also has plans to talk with the company about costs and capital allocation.

  • Nokomis Capital is an activist at Telenav with an 8.6% stake. The fund has been talking with management about operational issues and board composition. This is only its 2nd activist campaign in the last few years.

From the web

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