ValueAct Capital Trims CBRE Group Stake, Adds To Trinity Industries ~ market folly

Monday, March 5, 2018

ValueAct Capital Trims CBRE Group Stake, Adds To Trinity Industries

Jeff Ubben's activist firm ValueAct Capital has submitted two SEC filings recently.

ValueAct Trims CBRE Group Stake

First, in an amended 13D with the SEC regarding its stake in CBRE Group (CBG), ValueAct now reports they own 5.9% of the company with 19.91 million shares.

The 13D indicates ValueAct sold 5 million CBG shares on March 1st at a price of $45.78.  This is the third time they've made filings indicating they've reduced their position over the past 6 months.

Per Google Finance, CBRE Group is "a holding company that conducts all of its operations through its subsidiaries. The Company operates as a commercial real estate services and investment company. The Company operates through the segments: The Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia Pacific; Global Investment Management, and Development Services. The Company provides commercial real estate services under the CBRE brand name, investment management services under the CBRE Global Investors brand name and development services under the Trammell Crow Company brand name. The Company's business is focused on commercial property, corporate facilities, project and transaction management, tenant/occupier and property/agency leasing, capital markets solutions (property sales, commercial mortgage brokerage, loan origination and servicing) real estate investment management, valuation, development services and proprietary research. "

ValueAct Adds To Trinity Industries Position

Second, ValueAct has also filed a Form 4 with the SEC regarding its position in Trinity Industries (TRN).  Per that filing, ValueAct acquired 950,000 TRN shares across February 28th, and March 1st and 2nd. 

They purchased shares around the $32.85 level and after these buys now own over 19.55 million TRN shares.

Per Google Finance, Trinity Industries is "a diversified industrial company that owns businesses providing products and services to the energy, chemical, agriculture, transportation and construction sectors. The Company's products and services include railcars and railcar parts; parts and steel components; the leasing, management and maintenance of railcars; highway products; construction aggregates; inland barges; structural wind towers; steel utility structures; storage and distribution containers, and trench shields and shoring products. The Company's segments include the Rail Group, Construction Products Group, Inland Barge Group, Energy Equipment Group, Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group, and All Other. Its All Other segment includes its captive insurance and transportation companies, and other peripheral businesses. It manufactures a line of railcars, including autorack cars, box cars, covered hopper cars, gondola cars, intermodal cars, open hopper cars and tank cars."

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