Corvex Management Boosts Signet Jewelers Stake, Files 13D ~ market folly

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Corvex Management Boosts Signet Jewelers Stake, Files 13D

Keith Meister's activist hedge fund Corvex Management has filed an amended 13D with the SEC on shares of Signet Jewelers (SIG).  Per the filing, Corvex now owns 8.3% of Signet with over 6.52 million shares.

The filing notes that Corvex "commend the Issuer for the announcement in its quarterly earnings call on May 26, 2016 of its commitment to conduct, along with its advisor Goldman Sachs, a strategic evaluation of its credit portfolio.  The Reporting Persons strongly support the Issuer’s review of credit portfolio alternatives, and believes that it is essential that the Issuer complete this review as quickly as reasonably practicable, and thereafter promptly both announce to the shareholders and implement the actions which were determined to create the greatest enhancement to financial and shareholder value."

Corvex also indicates they purchased shares of SIG in April and May with the bulk of the activity coming on May 26th at $98.25 per share.

The firm previously owned 5.93 million Signet shares at the end of the first quarter.

Per Google Finance, Signet Jewelers is "a retailer of jewelry, watches and associated services in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The Company's segments are the Sterling Jewelers division, the UK Jewelry division, the Zale division, which consists of Zale Jewelry and Piercing Pagoda, and the Other segment. The Other segment includes subsidiaries involved in purchasing and conversion of rough diamonds to polished stones. The Company operates retail jewelry stores in various real estate formats, including mall-based, free-standing, strip center and outlet store locations. It operates approximately 3,620 stores and kiosks across approximately five million square feet of retail space. The Sterling Jewelers division operates approximately 1,540 stores. Its stores operate nationally in malls and off-mall locations as Kay Jewelers, and regionally under various mall-based brands. Zale Jewelry consists of brands, including Zales Jewelers and Zales Outlet."

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