David Einhorn

Real-estate developer Stephen Ross and his partners spent more than a year digging into U.S. banks, including more than 100 with loans to local bakeries, gas stations and amusement parks. They hoped to spend about $1.1 billion buying or investing in lenders. But the deeper they went, the worse things looked. As a result, Related Cos., the New York firm in which Mr. Ross is chief executive, gave back the money it raised from roughly 150 investors, including hedge-fund manager David Einhorn. The firm did find several investments it was interested in but was outbid. In a prospectus, SJB had told potential investors: “We believe the environment presents a significant opportunity for SJB to consummate an attractive acquisition of one or more institutions, whereas the current weakness in the banking sector and a potential long duration of any recovery create a favorable long-term environment to build a successful commercial bank.” Terms of the pool required SJB to invest the money within 18 months [but]…with the clock ticking on its 18-month deadline, Messrs. Ross, Blau and Beal sent a letter to investors Aug. 18 informing them that the fund would be liquidated. Investors received roughly 97 cents on the dollar after expenses. Mr. Blau, Related’s president, had led the effort to find potential investments for the fund [and] in many cases, didn’t liked what he saw, including loans that were secured by portable toilets and bowling balls. “It was a lot of work, and it was hard to make the numbers work,” he said. [WSJ]

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  • 01 Sep 2011 at 11:07 AM

Like Bankruptcy?

In a statement, the Mets said, “After months of negotiations, the parties were unable to reach agreement, and the Mets ownership has decided to explore other options.” [NYT, earlier]

  • 01 Aug 2011 at 11:27 AM

Dear Greenlight Capital Investors

“For the month of July, Greenlight Capital Offshore returned 1.1% (net of all fees and expenses).”

The Mets’ deal to sell a minority stake in the team for $200 million to David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager, is finished except for completing the deal’s paperwork, said one person briefed on the sale. [NYT, earlier]

At the end of May, it was announced that David Einhorn would pay $200 million for a 33 percent stake in the Mets. The deal appeared to be a win/win for both parties, Einhorn being a lifelong Mets (/Brewers) fan and the ball club’s finances getting to the point where they were considering passing around a collection plate during games. Seven weeks later a contract is yet to be signed, the sticking point seeming to be what percentage the Greenlight Capital founder will be able to increase his stake to, when, and for how much. While the negotiations remain open, people familiar with the matter stress that “Einhorn considers the deal on track” and for their part, The Mets said in a statement “We are in exclusive negotiations with David Einhorn and continue to have positive and productive discussions regarding David’s ongoing interest in an investment in the Mets.” Which is why it was interesting to hear that the management has been running around town with not one but three more potential suitors and then leaking it to the press in some sad sack attempt to get Einhorn to put a ring on it A-sap. Read more »

Just over a month ago, it was announced that David Einhorn would be acquiring a minority stake in the New York Mets. While thinking people (and people familiar with the matter) understand that these things take time, others have read into the “hold up,” wondering if deeper meaning is to be derived. While there’s no need to give credence to those raising questions, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig chose to do so today, telling people, “Fuck you. He played ball in my backyard. Fuck you.” Read more »