Pershing Square Annual Report 2017: Sold Nike, Covered Herbalife Short ~ market folly

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Pershing Square Annual Report 2017: Sold Nike, Covered Herbalife Short

Bill Ackman's Pershing Square is out with its annual report for 2017.  For the year, they lost 4% net.

The report gives updates on their positions in Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Restaurant Brands (QSR), Mondelez (MDLZ), Howard Hughes (HHC), Chipotle (CMG), Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac, and Platform Specialty Products (PAH).

Pershing Square Sold Nike (NKE) Position Already

Pershing Square reveals they already sold their new Nike (NKE) position and explain the rationale below:

"During the course of our four-month ownership of Nike (we sold the position recently), the stock price appreciated by34%, reducing the returns to be earned from our investment to a level at which we believed our capital could be allocated to more attractive opportunities.  It is rare that we are a short-term investor.That said,we are always willing to redeploy capital if an investment appreciates to a level that no longer offers sufficient returns relative to other potential opportunities."

Rationale For Covering Herbalife (HLF) Short

They also outline why they covered their Herbalife (HLF) short position:

"While we have been correct in our belief that Herbalife’s business fundamentals would deteriorate as earnings per share, revenue growth, and other measures of business performance weakened substantially since we initiated the investment, we underestimated Herbalife’s ability to access debt capital and use financial engineering which–coupled with Mr.Icahn’s share purchases to materially reduce the company’s free float–has driven share price appreciation."

Embedded below is Pershing Square's 2017 annual report:

You can download a .pdf copy here.

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