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 »
Carl Icahn Glad eBay Finally Woke Up And Listened To Him, Hope Its Learned A Valuable Lesson Here Today (Never Question Carl Icahn Again)By Bess Levin
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]
Sure, Paul Tudor Jones got a bit of an early start to the celebrating earlier this month with a serenading by Bon Jovi, but the Greenwich Daily Voice reminds us that the Tudor Investment Corp. founder, former documentary film star and, most importantly to GDV readers, Halloween party and Christmas light show impresario was actually born 60 years ago yesterday. Read more »
As you may have heard, hedge fund manager Louis Bacon is in a bit of a tiff with “Canadian clothing magnate” Peter Nygard, his neighbor in Nassau. While the genesis of the argument is unclear, Bacon appears to have been upset with Nygard for doing some environmentally questionable things in the area, while Nygard claims Bacon’s beef is that he wouldn’t sell the Moore Capital founder his land. Typically, when rich people live within close proximity of one another, disagreements quickly devolve into amazingly petty wars of words and actions between two people with little to lose and unlimited resources with which to do things, like, say, cut down each other’s shrubs without asking. Any past feuds between the exceedingly wealthy, though have been complete and total child’s play compared to Bacon v. Nygard, in which:
* Bacon has claimed Nygard paid off a group of people to march around carrying signs linking Bacon to the KKK.
* Nygard has claimed an assistant of Bacon’s, acting on orders from his boss, blasted the most annoying sounds in the world from “military grade speakers” directly into Nygard’s bedroom, as a message not to fuck with Bacon.
* Nygard has claimed Bacon also dispatched an assistant to burn down his neighbor’s house. Read more »
Bill Ackman’s not especially reticent about talking up his investments. Now, with his planned fund IPO, he’s going to be legally obligated to be even less reticent. Which means that, if you’re like Carl Icahn and think Bill’s a pretty smart guy every now and again, and don’t mind sifting through what floods into your inbox with a “Bill Ackman” Google News alert, and were so inclined for some reason (the 30% return this year being a good one, we suppose) to mimic his every move, you can have something approximating the Bill Ackman portfolio without having to give Bill Ackman a dime. You’re welcome. Read more »
Ray Dalio Not Sure Why Recording People Talking About A Colleague’s Mistakes And Weaknesses And Then Playing Back The Tape For Said Colleague Would Be Viewed As Anything Other Than PositiveBy Bess Levin
If there are people out there who don’t enjoy being broken down emotionally by their coworkers as a means of ultimately emerging stronger, he hasn’t heard of them. Well, okay, he’s heard of some but they quickly adjust to the Bridgwater way of doing things after a short 18 months. Read more »
Julian Robertson, the billionaire founder of Tiger Management LLC, said there’s a bubble in bonds that will end “in a very bad way.” “Bonds are at ridiculous levels,” Robertson said today at the Bloomberg Markets Most Influential Summit in New York. “It’s a worldwide phenomenon that governments are buying bonds to keep their countries moving along economically.” [Bloomberg]