TCI Fund Trims Altaba Stake (AABA) ~ market folly

Monday, January 22, 2018

TCI Fund Trims Altaba Stake (AABA)

Sir Christopher Hohn's TCI Fund Management (The Childrens Investment Fund) has filed an amended 13G and a Form 4 with the SEC regarding its stake in Altaba (AABA).  Per the filing, TCI now owns 9.99% of AABA with 84,709,952 shares.

The Form 4 indicates they sold 750,000 shares at a weighted average price of $74.2795 on January 18th, and another 464,000 shares at weighted price of $74.0791 on January 19th.  Perhaps this transaction was possibly made to keep them below the 10% ownership threshold, though that's purely speculation on our part.

Altaba is the former Yahoo stub that was left after the company was sold to Verizon (VZ).  Altaba is basically a collection of ownership stakes in the likes of Alibaba (BABA), Yahoo Japan, etc.  The thesis has been that the company was trading at a discount to its NAV and that management would look to close the gap or monetize the stakes in a tax efficient manner.

As of the end of the third quarter of 2017, AABA was TCI's largest US holding worth almost $6 billion.  Given the run-up in AABA shares since then, this stake is likely worth even more.  However, there's no way to know if TCI has hedged out this play in anyway, as some other funds involved in the trade have shorted BABA shares to offset the exposure.

Per Yahoo Finance, Altaba "operates as a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company in the United States. Its assets consist primarily of equity investments, short-term debt investments, and cash. The company was formerly known as Yahoo! Inc. and changed its name to Altaba Inc. in June 2017."

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