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Monday, July 31, 2017

Tiger Global Shows Redfin Stake, Ups Apollo Stake Again

Chase Coleman's hedge fund firm Tiger Global has submitted a couple filings to the SEC.  Here are the details:

Tiger Global Shows Extent of Redfin Stake

Redfin just completed its initial public offering (IPO) under the ticker symbol RDFN.  Per a Form 3 filed with the SEC, Tiger Global already had a stake in the company from when it was private. 

They owned 1,852,943 Series B convertible preferred stock, 3,705,838 Series F convertible preferred stock, as well as 617,826 Series G convertible preferred stock.

Upon completion of the IPO, the convertible preferred stock will "automatically convert into common stock of the Issuer on a 1:1 basis" per the filing.

Per Google Finance, Redfin is "a United States-based real estate broker company. The Company provides real estate search and brokerage services. The customer can search for homes by neighborhood, city or MLS number, or can refine results using detailed parameters, such as price and number of beds or baths. The Company serves home buyers and sellers. Redfin Builder Services is its sales platform designed specifically for home builders and condominium developers. Redfin Builder Services support product analysis, digital marketing, media, listing management and sales, pricing, and reporting. The customer can search homes for sale in Austin, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, OR, Raleigh, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Washington, and West Palm Beach."

Tiger Global Ups Apollo Stake Again

As we've detailed in previous months, Tiger Global has been accumulating a position in private equity firm Apollo Global (APO).

Their latest just-filed Form 4 with the SEC indicates they purchased 3,200 more APO shares on July 25th at a weighted average price of $27.966 and also purchased 53,000 shares on July 26th at a weighted average price of $27.96.

After these latest purchases, Tiger Global's stake in APO is now over 33.45 million shares.

Per Google Finance, Apollo Global is "an alternative investment manager in private equity, credit and real estate. The Company raises, invests and manages funds on behalf of pension, endowment and sovereign wealth funds, as well as other institutional and individual investors. The Company's segments include private equity, credit and real estate. The private equity segment invests in control equity and related debt instruments, convertible securities and distressed debt investments. The credit segment invests in non-control corporate and structured debt instruments, including performing, stressed and distressed investments across the capital structure. The real estate segment invests in real estate equity for the acquisition and recapitalization of real estate assets, portfolios, platforms and operating companies, and real estate debt, including first mortgage and mezzanine loans, preferred equity and commercial mortgage backed securities."

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