Bill Ackman on GGP, Procter & Gamble, and His Mystery Short: Interview ~ market folly

Friday, October 5, 2012

Bill Ackman on GGP, Procter & Gamble, and His Mystery Short: Interview

Pershing Square Capital Management founder Bill Ackman recently appeared on CNBC Squawk Box to talk about his positions in General Growth Properties (GGP), Procter & Gamble (PG) and dropped a hint about his newest short position.

General Growth Properties (GGP)

Ackman again talked about how Brookfield Asset Management (BAM) is trying to slowly takeover GGP without paying a premium.  Ackman is pushing for Simon Property Group (SPG) to buy GGP.  A background on the situation is provided in Ackman's letter to GGP.  And then an in-depth look at his proposal was posted in Bill Ackman's presentation from the Value Investing Congress if you missed it.

Procter & Gamble (PG)

Of his newest investment, Ackman says there's not a culture of efficiency.  He argues the company's fat and bloated.  The company has a solid board of directors and he's already met with them and will look to see what they can do about helping improve things.

Ackman's Newest Short

We highlighted at the Value Investing Congress how Ackman teased the crowd that he had a new short position but did not reveal it.  He gave a hint in this interview, saying: "it's a good for America short ... as soon as the company goes out of business, the country will be better off."

Embedded below is Bill Ackman's interview video:

For more from this investor, check out Bill Ackman's recommended reading list.

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