Starboard Value Takes Stake in ~ market folly

Monday, December 18, 2017

Starboard Value Takes Stake in

Jeff Smith's activist firm Starboard Value has filed a 13D with the SEC regarding shares of (CARS).  Per the filing, Starboard now owns 9.9% of the company with 7.1 million shares.

This is a new position for the firm and the filing was made due to activity in late November and early December.  They acquired shares primarily between $24 and $27 from November 22nd through December 18th.

The filing notes that Starboard feels that shares are undervalued and represent an attractive investment.

Per Yahoo Finance, "operates as an online research destination for car shoppers. It sells online subscription advertising products to car dealerships by its own direct sales force, as well as through its affiliate sales channel. The company also sells display advertising to national advertisers. In addition, it offers online automotive marketplace service that connects buyers and sellers in,,,, and Websites. The company’s Website hosts approximately 4.7 million vehicle listings at any given time and serves approximately 20,000 franchise and independent car dealers in 50 states. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Inc. is a subsidiary of TEGNA Inc."

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