Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What We're Reading ~ 3/21/18

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life [Nassim Taleb]

Tech's next big wave: big data meets biology [Fortune]

Looking at the Wyndham spinoff [Clark Street Value]

Comcast and the curse of diversified holdings companies [Yet Another Value Blog]

An IPO valuation of Spotify [Aswath Damodaran]

The death of many brands: the rise & risks of concierge brands [Intrinsic Investing]

Billionaire raises his bet on containerships [WSJ]

How Amazon became corporate America's nightmare [Bloomberg]

The 10 best and worst performing stocks since the financial crisis [Zen Investor]

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Senator Investment Group Files 13D on Gogo

Alex Klabin and Doug Silverman's hedge fund firm Senator Investment Group has filed a 13D with the SEC regarding shares of Gogo (GOGO).  Per the filing, Senator now owns 6.5% of the company with 5.64 million shares.

This is up from the 4.96 million shares they owned at the end of 2017, as they originally built a position in the third quarter of 2017 and continued buying in the fourth quarter.  The 13D notes they've talked with management and may do so in the future.

It also discloses their recent trading activity in the stock.  They were bought in late January and late February, with primary purchases coming between $9.0251 and $9.2546.  In total, they bought over 681,000 shares.

Per Google Finance, Gogo is "s a provider of in-flight broadband Internet service and other connectivity services for commercial and business aircraft, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois"

ValueAct Capital Increases Trinity Industries Exposure

Jeff Ubben's activist investment firm ValueAct Capital has filed an amended 13D and Form 4 with the SEC regarding its stake in Trinity Industries (TRN).  Per the filing, ValueAct now owns 13.8% of the company with over 20.76 million shares.

The filings indicate ValueAct purchased Form 4 indicates ValueAct purchased over 1.5 million shares across March 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 15th, 16th, and 19th.  These purchases came at prices between $31.10 and $33.

For more on this firm, we recently highlighted another stock ValueAct was reducing its position in.

Per Google Finance, Trinity Industries is "a diversified industrial company that owns businesses providing products and services to the energy, chemical, agriculture, transportation and construction sectors. The Company's products and services include railcars and railcar parts; parts and steel components; the leasing, management and maintenance of railcars; highway products; construction aggregates; inland barges; structural wind towers; steel utility structures; storage and distribution containers, and trench shields and shoring products. The Company's segments include the Rail Group, Construction Products Group, Inland Barge Group, Energy Equipment Group, Railcar Leasing and Management Services Group, and All Other. Its All Other segment includes its captive insurance and transportation companies, and other peripheral businesses. It manufactures a line of railcars, including autorack cars, box cars, covered hopper cars, gondola cars, intermodal cars, open hopper cars and tank cars."

Carl Icahn Files 13D on Newell Brands

Carl Icahn has filed an amended 13D with the SEC regarding his stake in Newell Brands (NWL).  Per the filing, Icahn now owns 6.96% of the company with 33.79 million shares (including shares underlying forward contracts).  The filing notes they've now formed a group with Brett Icahn and include his ownership stake.

The forward contracts have a forward price of $23 per share and expiration of January 28th, 2020 and includes exposure to just over 3.01 million shares.  The rest of Carl Icahn's position is common stock.  Brett Icahn owns 500,000 NWL shares.

The filing notes that Icahn started buying on January 25th and was buying as recently as March 16th.

In a previous CNBC interview, Icahn noted that, "I believe Newell itself is undervalued and that's why I bought it."  He said he originally bought NWL around $25

We've highlighted previously that activist firm Starboard Value has also been involved in Newell Brands.