Pershing Square Q3 Letter: Restructures Herbalife Short ~ market folly

Friday, November 17, 2017

Pershing Square Q3 Letter: Restructures Herbalife Short

Bill Ackman is out with Pershing Square's third quarter letter to investors.  Pershing Square returned -3.7% net in the third quarter and was down 4.2% for the year at that time.

Pershing has restructured its short position in Herbalife (HLF).  Rather than shorting common stock, they've covered that and are now short via put options.

Ackman is also quite bullish on Mondelez (MDLZ): "We believe MDLZ is currently substantially undervalued given its high business quality, long-term secular growth potential - especially in emerging markets - and substantial opportunity to improve profit margins.  Today, Mondelez trades at 17 times our estimate for 2018 earnings per share, a discount to the S&P 500 market multiple, for a business whose attributes are substantially better than the average company in the S&P 500."

The letter also provides updates on their holdings: Restaurant Brands (QSR), ADP (ADP), Howard Hughes (HHC), Chipotle (CMG), Fannie Mae / Freddie Mac, Platform Specialty Products (PAH).

Embedded below is Pershing Square's Q3 letter:

For more recent hedge fund commentary, we've also posted up Third Point's Q3 letter as well as Greenlight Capital's Q3 letter.

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