Pirate Capital Is Special!

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No one is getting off the Jolly Roger alive. Bloomberg is reporting that Tom Hudson’s Pirate Capital is shanghaiing investors, forcing them to remain on board its two Jolly Roger Activist funds by halting redemptions. The firm’s assets have declined by almost 80 percent in the past year, according to Bloomberg.
Pirate has said that the four stocks held by the funds are special investments—which, as best we can tell, means that Pirate isn’t willing to sell them immediately to meet redemption requests. The two funds, which are not even two years old, have declined from $150 million to $100 million since they were launched.
So what are the special investments?
“Hudson's letter didn't identify the four stocks held by the activist funds. Pirate's biggest holdings as of June 30 were armored carmaker Brink's Co.; auto-parts retailer Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack; U.S. energy supplier Aquila Inc; and Angelica Corp., a provider of laundry and textile-rental services,” Bloomberg reports.
All is not lost for the Pirates however. They may not have much left in terms of assets. But they still have that special thing called “hope.” Bloomberg notes that while Pirate will continue to charge its 2 percent management fee, it “won’t collect its 20 percent cut of any profits until after until the positions are no longer deemed special investments.”

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