Maverick Capital & Odey Out Buying AO World Shares ~ market folly

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Maverick Capital & Odey Out Buying AO World Shares

Lee Ainslie's hedge fund firm, Maverick Capital, has disclosed a holding in London listed online retailer AO World (LON:AO).  Due to trading on March 16th, Maverick hold the equivalent of 3.31% of AO's voting rights via a total return swap.

AO World recently traded around 330p / share and now trades at 182p.  Maverick first disclosed an interest in AO in November 2014 but sold enough shares to go below the 3% disclosure threshold a few weeks later.  You can view other past portfolio activity from Maverick here.

Crispin Odey's firm Odey Asset Management have held AO stock for over a year but due to trading on March 13th, 2015 increased their stake substantially from 5.03% to 10.09%.  About 40% of Odey's holding is held via derivatives.

Per Google Finance, AO World is "an online retailer of domestic appliances. The Company sources, sells and delivers domestic appliances, including washing machines, washer dryers, tumble dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, ovens, range cookers and microwaves, as well as a range of small domestic appliances, including vacuums, floor cleaners, coffee machines, mixers and food processors. The Company’s sales activities are focused primarily on sales of appliances through the Company’s branded Websites, principally The Company also offers ancillary services to its AO Website and third-party branded Website customers, including delivery, installation, removal and recycling services and sales of third-party product protection plans."

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