Corvex Management Starts Activist Signet Jewelers Position ~ market folly

Monday, January 27, 2014

Corvex Management Starts Activist Signet Jewelers Position

Keith Meister's activist firm Corvex Management has filed a 13D with the SEC regarding Signet Jewlers (SIG).  Per the filing, Corvex now owns 7.8% of the company with over 6.2 million shares. 

This is a newly revealed stake and the filing was required due to activity on January 14th.  As has been customary with Corvex's other recent positions, they've bought both common stock and call options, as well as sold puts. 

It looks like they were buying November 2014 $53 calls and February 2015 $51 calls as well as selling November 2014 $53 puts and February 2015 $51 puts.

Activist Talks

The filing indicates Corvex has already talked with management and found talks to be "constructive." 

Corvex has approached Signet about "options for enhancing shareholder value through various strategic alternatives including, but not limited to, leveraging the Issuer's credit receivables, optimizing capital structure, accelerating M&A and/or return of capital to shareholders, utilizing the Issuer's offshore corporate structure, and general corporate matters."

About Signet Jewelers

Per Google Finance, Signet Jewelers is "a specialty retail jeweler by sales in the United States and United Kingdom, and also has stores in the Republic of Ireland and Channel Islands. The Company is engaged in the retailing of jewelry, watches and associated services. The business is managed as two geographical operating divisions: the US division and the UK division. Its stores trade nationally in malls and off-mall locations as Kay Jewelers (Kay), and regionally under a number of mall-based brands. Destination superstores trade nationwide as Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry (Jared)."

You can view more of Corvex's recent portfolio activity here.

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