Bess Levin

Posts by Bess Levin

  • 30 Sep 2014 at 2:39 PM

Morningstar Still Has 99.579% Confidence In Pimco

As you may have heard, Pimco co-founder Bill Gross announced last Friday that he was leaving the firm he started in 1971 for Janus Capital Group, before parent group Allianz could fire him. Since then, analysts, commentators, investors, and feral cats hoping to take Bob Gross‘s place have weighed in on who will ultimately emerge stronger from this breakup. The people who pulled $10 billion from Pimco immediately after hearing that Gross was out clearly believe that that place is nothing without him. Pimco management has taken the other side of the argument. Ron Insana at CNBC just wants everyone to know that “Bill Gross is NOT crazy.” And what does the ratings branch of Morningstar think? Apparently that Pimco is still a world class athlete of a fund but that it might have to stand on the short box. Read more »

Thankfully, the e-commerce giant came to its senses before Ichan had to go all Queens schoolyard on its ass. The only reason he gave them an extension on his patience is because he’s actually had great success selling his knickknacks on the site. Read more »

  • 29 Sep 2014 at 4:38 PM

David Einhorn Just Came Into Some Bagel Money

The Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, whose bagel shops include Einstein Brothers Bagels, Noah’s New York Bagels and Manhattan Bagel, said on Monday that it would sell itself to JAB Holding Company, a German conglomerate formerly called Joh. A. Benckiser, for about $374 million. The price of $20.25 a share in cash represents a 47 percent premium over Einstein Noah’s 30-day average trading price, the company said…David Einhorn, whose hedge fund is Einstein Noah’s largest shareholder, with a stake above 35 percent, said he supported the sale to JAB. He called the deal a “win-win for all parties.” “For more than a decade, we have worked closely with the Einstein Noah Restaurant Group to execute a turnaround plan, reducing debt and expanding its store footprint,” Mr. Einhorn said in a statement. “J.A.B. is an experienced firm that will lead Einstein Noah Restaurant Group into its next phase of growth.” [Dealbook]

  • 29 Sep 2014 at 4:23 PM

Firing/Clawback Watch ’14: Lloyds

The British bank has told 8 employees to turn in their ID badges and cough up their bonuses. Read more »


[via @jennablan, earlier re: horses]

Charlie Gasparino, live from the DJ booth: Read more »

According to the Wall Street Journal Pimco investors have pulled $10 billion since Friday, when it was announced that founder Bill Gross was taking his bonds and leaving. Is this development cause for concern over in Newport Beach? No, says Pimco management, and for three reasons:

1. Most people aren’t going to follow ole whatshisface out to Denver.
2. They’ve got the liquidity to handle however many billions in redemptions the firm ultimately sees.
3. Everyone knew this was going to happen initially, and not because Bill Gross is some great investor but because there are always outflows after any quasi senior employee leaves. Bill Gross isn’t special. Twenty-seven year-old VPs cause outflows.

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  • 26 Sep 2014 at 3:30 PM

Dealbreaker Chef De Cuisine Says Cook This: Fried Mozzarella en Carrera

When someone walks into Dealbreaker headquarters, it’s my job as Chef de cuisine to make sure he or she doesn’t leave without getting stuffed with food. I do this chiefly out of my lifelong passion for feeding people but also for safety reasons. I more than anyone understand an empty stomach is the kind of thing that can get you into major trouble, and you should too. As many of you will recall, private equity manager Russell Stildolph learned that lesson the hard way, on Nov. 19, 2010.

Now it’s unclear as to what Russell did the bulk of that evening, but we know how the night ended. Just before midnight, Russell tried to park his Porsche 911 Carrera in a makeshift second-story garage, aka the roof of a neighbor’s house a half mile away from his own. Russell told cops he didn’t remember what happened, not surprising considering his blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.

Russell could’ve saved the stitches, fines, legal troubles all by doing one simple thing. EATING. You know what lowers your blood alcohol content? FOOD! And, according to some research, you know what’s the best kind of food to eat when you’re drinking? GREASY food! Oh Russell. Where have I been all your life?

I haven’t reviewed the security video at the bar from that night, but I’m guessing, Russell didn’t eat very much that brisk November Friday. Sure, he may’ve picked at a bowl of high-end waxy snack mix at the bar, but that’s not a meal.

If Russell was under my purview now, and I’m not confirming or denying he is, Nov. 19, 2010, would have ended very differently because it would have STARTED very differently. Each sip of 1800 Silver Tequila or whatever he drank would have been followed by a bite of one of the world’s favorite, greasy foods: mozzarella sticks. Read more »