T2 Partners Goes Activist on Iridium Communications (IRDM) ~ market folly

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

T2 Partners Goes Activist on Iridium Communications (IRDM)

Whitney Tilson and Glenn Tongue's hedge fund firm T2 Partners has filed an activist 13D with the SEC regarding shares of Iridium Communications (IRDM).

Per trading on June 20th, 2011, T2 has disclosed a 9.3% ownership stake in IRDM with 6,529,338 shares. In actuality, they own 862,576 shares of common stock and 5,666,762 warrants (IRDMW) which are exercisable into shares of common.

They've increased their position size by about 16%. At the end of the first quarter (March 31st), they owned 1,292,460 shares of common stock as well as two sets of warrants (collectively representing 4,340,678 shares). Since then, they've sold some common stock and added to their warrant positions.

Seeking Talks With Management

In the "purpose of transaction" section of the SEC filing, T2 outlines that they believe shares are an attractive investment and they intend to pursue conversations with management about the company's capital structure.

Additionally, the filing outlines T2's "current intentions to purchase up to 100% of the outstanding shares of certain warrants (trading as IRDMW)."

T2's Thesis on Iridium

We've posted up before how the hedge fund thinks IRDM is a triple in the next 3-5 years but they have to stomach the near-term volatility in the mean time. They believe the stock is largely undervalued and like the fact that the large overhang of a big seller (Syndicated Communications, a private equity fund) has now disappeared.

The hedge fund sees IRDM as attractive due to its positioning as one of only two major players in the global satellite communications industry. You can view T2's presentation on Iridium here.

Per Google Finance, Iridium is "a provider of mobile voice and data communications services via satellite. The Company offers voice and data communications services to businesses, the United States and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations and consumers via its constellation of 66 in-orbit satellites, in-orbit spares and related ground infrastructure, including a primary commercial gateway."

For analysis of their other investments, check out T2's presentation on JOE & HHC here.

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