John Paulson Sells Some American Capital (ACAS) ~ market folly

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

John Paulson Sells Some American Capital (ACAS)

John Paulson's hedge fund Paulson & Co just filed a Form 4 with the SEC regarding transactions in American Capital (ACAS). Per the filing, Paulson's various hedge funds sold a cumulative 4,350,342 shares of American Capital.

The majority of the sales came at prices of $7.74, $7.27, $7.09, and $6.11. Paulson's various hedge funds were selling as early as September 27th and as recently as October 4th. Shares currently trade around $6.51. While this seems like a lot, keep in mind that at the end of the second quarter, Paulson owned over 43 million shares of ACAS.

Paulson has had a rough year his Advantage Fund is -28% for the year as noted in our hedge fund performance numbers update.

Per Google Finance, American Capital is "an equity firm and global asset manager. It invests in private equity, private debt, private real estate securities and other investments, technology investments, special situation investments, alternative asset funds managed by it and structured finance investments. It invests in senior and mezzanine debt and equity in buyouts of private companies sponsored by it (American Capital One-Stop Buyouts) or sponsored by other private equity funds (Private Equity Buyouts) and provide capital directly to early-stage and mature private and small public companies."

For some of our past coverage on this manager, head to Paulson on risk arbitrage.

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