ValueAct Capital Boosts Seagate Position ~ market folly

Friday, August 11, 2017

ValueAct Capital Boosts Seagate Position

Jeff Ubben's activist investment firm ValueAct Capital has filed a 13D with the SEC regarding its stake in Seagate Technology (STX).  Per the filing, ValueAct now owns 7.2% of the company with 21 million shares.

The filing notes they've had talks with officers and directors of the company and will continue to do so.  ValueAct was buying on July 29th, 31st as well as August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, and 9th.  In total, they purchased 7,184,235 shares in a range between $32.19 and $33.50. 

We've highlighted how recently ValueAct has been trimming numerous positions, and it looks like this is where some of the proceeds ended up.

Per Google Finance, Seagate is "a provider of electronic data storage technology and solutions. The Company's principal products are hard disk drives (HDDs). In addition to HDDs, it produces a range of electronic data storage products, including solid state hybrid drives, solid state drives, peripheral component interconnect express (PCIe) cards and serial advanced technology architecture (SATA) controllers. Its storage technology portfolio also includes storage subsystems and high performance computing solutions. Its products are designed for applications in enterprise servers and storage systems, client compute applications and client non-compute applications. It designs, fabricates and assembles various components found in its disk drives, including read/write heads and recording media. Its design and manufacturing operations are based on technology platforms that are used to produce various disk drive products that serve multiple data storage applications and markets."

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