JANA Partners Exits Whole Foods Market Stake ~ market folly

Thursday, July 20, 2017

JANA Partners Exits Whole Foods Market Stake

Barry Rosenstein's hedge fund firm JANA Partners has filed an amended 13D with the SEC regarding shares of Whole Foods Market (WFM).  Per the filing, JANA Partners has sold its entire position as of July 17th. 

As an activist investor, JANA Pushed Whole Foods to sell itself and the company recently agreed to a deal with Amazon (AMZN).  Instead of sitting around in a merger arbitrage trade, it looks like JANA has decided to move on to its next opportunity.

For more on this firm, we've highlighted a stock JANA Partners recently bought here.

Per Google Finance, Whole Foods is "is engaged in the business of natural and organic foods supermarket. The Company operates approximately 456 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Its stores have an average size of approximately 39,000 square feet, and are supported by its distribution centers, bake house facilities, commissary kitchens, seafood-processing facilities, a produce procurement center, and a specialty coffee and tea procurement and roasting operation, among others. It offers over 30,000 organic stock keeping units (SKUs), covering various areas of its store, including produce, packaged goods, bulk, frozen, dairy, meat, bakery, prepared foods, coffee, tea, beer, wine, cheese, nutritional supplements, vitamins, body care, pet foods and household goods. The Company's brands include 365 Everyday Value, Allegro Coffee, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws, and Engine 2 Plant-Strong. It also offers approximately 400 temporary exclusives."

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