Pershing Square Takes Nike Stake ~ market folly

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Pershing Square Takes Nike Stake

Bill Ackman's activist firm Pershing Square has taken a passive stake in Nike (NKE), according to a Reuters report.  Ackman apparently announced the position at an investor event but doesn't plan to go activist as the company is already heading down the right path.  The fund manager reportedly accumulated the stake since October.

We joked on Twitter that perhaps he read Shoe Dog recently?  Shoe Dog, of course, is the book about Nike's founder Phil Knight and has been recommended by the likes of Warren Buffett and numerous other investors.

For more on this fund we've also previously posted Pershing Square's Q3 letter.

Per Yahoo Finance, Nike is "designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories worldwide. It offers NIKE brand products in nine categories: running, NIKE basketball, the Jordan brand, football, men's training, women's training, action sports, sportswear, and golf. The company also markets products designed for kids, as well as for other athletic and recreational uses, such as cricket, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, walking, and outdoor activities. In addition, it sells sports apparel; and markets apparel with licensed college and professional team and league logos. Further, the company sells a line of performance equipment, including bags, socks, sport balls, eyewear, timepieces, digital devices, bats, gloves, protective equipment, and other equipment under the NIKE brand for sports activities; various plastic products to other manufacturers; athletic and casual footwear, apparel, and accessories under the Jumpman trademark; action sports and youth lifestyle apparel and accessories under the Hurley trademark; and casual sneakers, apparel, and accessories under the Converse, Chuck Taylor, All Star, One Star, Star Chevron, and Jack Purcell trademarks. Additionally, it licenses agreements that permit unaffiliated parties to manufacture and sell apparel, digital devices, and applications and other equipment for sports activities under NIKE-owned trademarks. The company sells its products to footwear stores, sporting goods stores, athletic specialty stores, department stores, skate, tennis and golf shops, and other retail accounts through NIKE-owned retail stores and Internet Websites, mobile applications, independent distributors, and licensees. The company was formerly known as Blue Ribbon Sports, Inc. and changed its name to NIKE, Inc. in 1971. NIKE, Inc. was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon."

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