Carl Icahn Discloses Manitowoc Stake, Pushes For Company to Split Up ~ market folly

Monday, December 29, 2014

Carl Icahn Discloses Manitowoc Stake, Pushes For Company to Split Up

Activist investor Carl Icahn today filed a new 13D with the SEC concerning shares of Manitowoc (MTW).  Per the filing, Icahn now owns 7.77% of the company with over 10.5 million shares (including shares underlying call options).

This is a brand new position for him and the filing was required due to activity on December 17th.  The filing notes that Icahn wants the company to separate its Crane and Foodservice segments into two separate companies.

Per the 13D, Icahn was out buying MTW common stock in the middle of December at prices ranging from $16.83 to $19.30, along with August 2016 call options with an $18 strike.

We've recently covered some additional portfolio activity from Icahn as well.

Per Google Finance, Manitowoc is "a multi-industry, capital goods manufacturer. MTW operates in two markets: Cranes and Related Products (Crane) and Foodservice Equipment (Foodservice). Crane is a provider of engineered lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. Foodservice is a manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment serving the ice, beverage, refrigeration, food-preparation, and cooking needs of restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, healthcare, and institutional applications."

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