Hedge Funds

As you’ve probably heard by now, Bill Ackman gave a little presentation yesterday, on his favorite supplement and diet shakes company, Herbalife. Prior to the event, the Pershing Square founder appeared on CNBC hyping up the thing so hard that he came extremely close to promising video of CEO Michael Johnson threatening to fire employees who refused to snort lethal dosages of Formula 1 Healthy Nutritional Shake Mix (Wild Berry flavor) up their noses. So when the presentation failed to deliver, the disappointment across Wall Street was palpable. Pershing Square investors, however, know a good thing when they see it, and are unfazed. Read more »

So Bill Ackman’s earth-shattering, research-redefining, can’t-miss company-killing “deathblow” didn’t exactly pan out yesterday, what with Herbalife shares soaring 25% yesterday as investors shrugged, “that’s all you got?” Now, it’s unclear what this exactly means for Pershing Square investors, since Ackman’s ninja restructuring of his $1 billion short last year makes precise P&L calculations impossible, but suffice it to say it means nothing good.

Nothing good for Ackman, anyway, but very good for new old buddy Carl Icahn, who remains a big believer in diet shakes in spite of Ackman’s best efforts to “get him out of the stock.” Two-hundred-and-thirty-four million dollars good. Good enough to let Uncle Carl leave the matter magnanimously unmentioned while also generously picking up the check at their next rendezvous at Marea. Read more »

If Argentina doesn’t want to sit down with the Elliott Management founder and vulture-investor-in-chief, that’s OK. EMC Corp. can’t wait to hear from him about how its “federation strategy” is a total disaster than that it should sell its most successful business. Read more »

Yesterday afternoon, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman made a bold statement. A presentation delivered live in midtown Tuesday morning was to be “the most important” one of his career and at the end of it, we would “learn why Herbalife is going to collapse.” On CNBC, he acknowledged that he was “raising expectations,” but assured the public it would not be disappointed. How’d he do? That all depends on what you were hoping for. If it was a PowerPoint that convinced the market that Herbalife, Ackman’s sworn enemy, was going down for the dirt nap, then technically, the hedge fund manager probably disappointed you a little.

Herbalife Ltd.’s shares jumped as much as 14 percent after hedge-fund manager Bill Ackman struggled to convince investors that the seller of weight-loss shakes is guilty of fraud.

On the other hand, if you were hoping for a presentation filled with passion, courage, feeling, and above all, patriotism, your expectations were met and then some. Read more »

In court today, where he pleaded guilty, Frank Perkins Hixon Jr. laid out his thinking:

  • This wasn’t about avarice, it was about love
  • All he was trying to do was set up a nest egg for the woman with whom he had a two year affair, and their love child
  • But because his lady friend would not accept cash, he gave her the next best thing, the proceeds from trades based on material non-public information

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Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has given many momentous presentations in his day: the unveiling of his Herbalife short, his highly emotional address of Target shareholders, and all matters of MBIA. But believe him when he says such things will absolutely pale in comparison to tomorrow’s event. Forget the thousands of hours he’s already spent publicly lambasting Herbalife’s business practices in the past. THIS is the one you REALLY have to listen to. It will be the final word on diet shakes. Read more »

  • 21 Jul 2014 at 2:34 PM

Dan Loeb Pretty Sure Argentina’s Got This

Argentina has nine days to pay Paul Singer—or does it? Sure, a second default in 13 years will probably keep the country from tapping the international debt markets until President Cristina Kirchner’s son Máximo follows father and mother into the Casa Rosada in nine to 13 years or so. But who needs to make good on one’s commitments when one can just loudly proclaim that one has done so without actually doing so and then call on Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin for a bailout? Read more »

You could also one day read about Griffin signing with the Bulls as their new shooting guard but, again… Read more »