Friday, April 21, 2017

Soros Fund Boosts Sigma Designs Stake

George Soros' family office Soros Fund Management has filed a Form 4 and 13G with the SEC regarding shares of Sigma Designs (SIGM).  Per the filing, Soros now owns 10.66% of Sigma Designs with over 4.06 million shares.

The Form 4 indicates Soros was buying on April 12th and 13th at a weighted average price of $5.6371.  Their position size is now 2 million shares larger than what it was at the end of January per their previously filed 13G.

Per Google Finance, Sigma Designs is "a provider of global integrated semiconductor solutions. The Company offers media platforms for use in the home entertainment and home control markets. The Company sells its products into markets, including smart television, media connectivity, set-top box and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The Company's media processor product line consists of a range of functionally similar platforms that are based on integrated chips, embedded software and hardware reference designs. The Company's media connectivity product line consists of wired home networking controller chipsets that are designed to provide connectivity solutions between various home entertainment products and incoming video streams. The Company's IoT devices product line consists of its wireless Z-Wave chips and modules. The Company is engaged in the license of its internally developed intellectual property. It also offers legacy products that are sold into prosumer and other industrial applications."

Tiger Global Adds To Apollo Stake Again

Chase Coleman's hedge fund firm Tiger Global has filed an amended 13G with the SEC regarding its stake in Apollo Global Management (APO).  They now own 15% of Apollo Global with over 28.1 million shares.

As we've detailed previously, Tiger has been boosting its APO stake.  This latest filing means they've increased their position size by an additional 3.1 million shares.  The filing was made due to activity on April 17th through 19th where they purchased shares at around $25.xx per a Form 4 submitted to the SEC.

Per Google Finance, Apollo Global Management is "an alternative investment manager in private equity, credit and real estate. The Company raises, invests and manages funds on behalf of pension, endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. The Company's segments include private equity, credit and real estate. The private equity segment invests in control equity and related debt instruments, convertible securities and distressed debt investments. The credit segment invests in non-control corporate and structured debt instruments, including performing, stressed and distressed investments across the capital structure. The real estate segment invests in real estate equity for the acquisition and recapitalization of real estate assets, portfolios, platforms and operating companies, and real estate debt, including first mortgage and mezzanine loans, preferred equity and commercial mortgage backed securities."

Hedge Fund Links ~ 4/21/17

Paul Tudor Jones says US stocks should terrify Janet Yellen [Bloomberg]

ValueAct's Jeff Ubben giving some money back; feels market is overvalued [CNBC]

Passport Capital shuts down long/short hedge fund [Zero Hedge]

Former Harvard money whiz tries to regain his edge [WSJ]

Hedge fund investors are piling money into failing strategies [CNBC]

New report shows 40% of funds created last year were systematic [Benzinga]

Icahn's big bet against biofuel credits [Reuters]

The fall of Fortress [Institutional Investor]

Balyasny's tip to hedge funds at a crossroads [Bloomberg]