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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pershing Square Reduces Air Products & Chemicals Stake

Bill Ackman's Pershing Square has been busy in the markets lately.  The latest activity includes selling some shares of his stake in Air Products and Chemicals (APD).  This comes after Pershing recently acquired a new stake in Chipotle (CMG) as well.

Per an amended 13D filed with the SEC, Pershing Square now owns 7.8% of APD with over 16.97 million shares (via 4 million common stock and 12.9 million underlying call options).

This is down from the previous 9.5% of the company they owned (with 20.54 million shares exposure).  The 13D filing notes that on September 12th Pershing sold over 3.5 million shares. 

The rationale for this transaction was: "The three-year commitment period for Pershing Square's co-investment vehicles in the issuer ends on September 30th, 2016.  The Reporting Persons sold the Common Stock to return capital to the PSV Funds co-investors."

Per Google Finance, Air Products & Chemicals is "an industrial gases company. The Company's Industrial Gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. The Company operates through seven segments: Industrial Gases-Americas, Industrial Gases-Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), Industrial Gases-Asia, Industrial Gases-Global, Materials Technologies, Energy-from-Waste, and Corporate and other. The Company is also a supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment. The Company's Materials Technologies business serves the semiconductor, polyurethanes, cleaning and coatings, and adhesives industries. The Company manufactures and distributes products in two lines of business: Industrial Gases and Materials Technologies."

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