Harbinger Capital Sells New York Times (NYT) and Sable Mining (SBLM), Buys Crosstex Energy (XTXI) ~ market folly

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Harbinger Capital Sells New York Times (NYT) and Sable Mining (SBLM), Buys Crosstex Energy (XTXI)

Phil Falcone's hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners has executed some sizable transactions recently. Rumors have swirled that the manager was winding down its Special Situations fund but that has been denied. Harbinger recently sold shares in two securities of note: New York Times Co (NYT) and Sable Mining Africa (LON: SBLM).

Regarding his New York Times stake, Falcone last week revealed he sold 7 million NYT shares at around $8.13 each. Harbinger originally acquired shares in 2008 when they were trading around $19 per share, so they've sold at a large loss. According to a 13D filed with the SEC, the filing was reported due to portfolio activity on November 24th.

Previously, Harbinger owned 7.4% of the company. With its latest sales, the hedge fund now owns only 2.6%, retaining 3.7 million NYT shares. This is the second time Harbinger has sold NYT in the past month or so. Not to mention, they sold some shares back in April of this year as well.

Turning next to Harbinger's next sale, the hedge fund has announced that it placed 205,756,827 Sable Mining Africa shares (LON: SBLM) with new and existing shareholders. Due to this transaction, Harbinger no longer owns an interest in SBLM shares. Previously, we highlighted Harbinger's Sable Mining stake here as they owned over 23% of the company. Alas, no more.

So Harbinger has definitely been selling positions off (they also sold some Inmarsat (ISAT) as well), possibly to free up cash for their concentrated bet on a 4G network via their LightSquared project, but that's pure speculation on our part.

Lastly, Falcone's hedge fund firm also recently filed an activist 13D on Crosstex Energy (XTXI). Due to portfolio activity on November 16th, Harbinger has disclosed a 9.6% ownership stake with 4,500,000 shares. This is an increase in their position as they owned 3.8 million shares when they added to their XTXI position in August. Over the past three months, Harbinger has ramped up its position size by 18.2%. Harbinger paid $33,091,533 for the total shares reported.

Per Google Finance, Crosstex Energy is "is engaged, through its subsidiary, Crosstex Energy, L.P. (Partnership), the gathering, transmission, processing and marketing of natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGL). The Partnership operates two segments: Midstream and Treating. Its combined midstream assets consist of over 3,300 miles of natural gas gathering and transmission pipelines, nine natural gas processing plants and three fractionators located in two primary regions: north Texas and Louisiana."

New York Times is "a diversified media company that includes newspapers, Internet businesses, investments in paper mills and other investments."

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