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Monday, September 18, 2017

Soros Fund Buys Shares in Exa & Sigma Designs

George Soros' family office Soros Fund Management has filed two separate Form 4's with the SEC recently.

Soros Adds To Exa Stake

First, Soros' Form 4 regarding Exa (EXA) indicates that the firm was buying EXA shares on September 11th through 13th.  In total, they acquired 159,500 shares at weighted average price of $14.1881.  After these purchases, Soros now owns over 1.66 million shares of EXA, or 11.07% of the company.

Per Google Finance, Exa is "develops, sells and supports simulation software and services that manufacturers use in design and engineering processes. The Company focuses primarily on the ground transportation market, including manufacturers in the passenger vehicle, highway truck, off-highway vehicle and train markets, as well as their suppliers. Its product, PowerFLOW, is a software solution for simulating fluid flow problems, including aerodynamics, thermal management and aeroacoustics, or wind noise. PowerFLOW uses its Digital Physics technology that enables it to predict fluid flows. PowerFLOW directly simulates unpredictable turbulent scales. The PowerFLOW software suite includes the simulation engine and grid generation engine, along with pre- and post-processing software products. The software is delivered in client/server architecture, or through its cloud-based offering, ExaCLOUD. With the ExaCLOUD solution, various client features and functions are accessed through a Web browser."

Soros Boosts Sigma Designs Stake

Per a Form 4, Soros has also disclosed it acquired 65,625 shares of Sigma Designs (SIGM) on September 12th and 14th at a weighted average price of $5.8562.  After the buys, Soros now owns over 5.08 million shares of SIGM.

Per Google Finance, Sigma Designs is "a provider of global integrated semiconductor solutions. The Company offers media platforms for use in the home entertainment and home control markets. The Company sells its products into markets, including smart television, media connectivity, set-top box and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The Company's media processor product line consists of a range of functionally similar platforms that are based on integrated chips, embedded software and hardware reference designs. The Company's media connectivity product line consists of wired home networking controller chipsets that are designed to provide connectivity solutions between various home entertainment products and incoming video streams. The Company's IoT devices product line consists of its wireless Z-Wave chips and modules. The Company is engaged in the license of its internally developed intellectual property. It also offers legacy products that are sold into prosumer and other industrial applications."

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