Corvex & Soroban Add To Williams Companies Position ~ market folly

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Corvex & Soroban Add To Williams Companies Position

Keith Meister's activist hedge fund Corvex Management and Eric Mandelblatt's Soroban Capital have filed an amended 13D with the SEC regarding their position in Williams Companies (WMB).  Per the filing, the hedge funds have disclosed they now own 6.74% of WMB with over 46 million shares.

The filing indicates their latest activity was on January 9th, 2014 and this stake is up from the previous 5% of the company they owned.  We initially highlighted when these hedge funds went activist on Williams last month.

Keep in mind, however, that their position disclosure is not inclusive of cash-settled swaps and options which reference an additional 21.3 million shares.  If you add in this exposure, they would own 9.86% of the company.

Per Google Finance, Williams Companies is "an energy infrastructure company focused on connecting North America’s hydrocarbon resource plays to markets for natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and olefins. Its operations span from the deepwater Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian oil sands. It operates in three segments: Williams Partners, Midstream Canada & Olefins and Other. Its interstate gas pipeline and domestic midstream interests are held through its investment in Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ). It owns the general-partner interest and a 70% limited-partner interest in WPZ. Williams also owns a Canadian midstream and domestic olefins production business, which processes oil sands off-gas and produces olefins for petrochemical feedstocks."

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