Activist Stocks: Rosetta Stone, Vail Resorts, Australian Markets

Activist investing bobbleheads, the Monday struggle is real. The measly news and stories offered below for April 20. Not that the stories are measly, just our offering. Soliciting tips via the Twitter @activiststocks, sign up for the free daily activist email, and ICYMI the latest newsletter is here.

News:

  • After nearly a year battle, David Nierenberg finally has a seat at the Rosetta Stone table. His Nierenberg Investment Management has been active at Rosetta since mid-2014. He’s so jacked about this opportunity, he penned a letter about all the things he’s going to be doing with the board. Trips to Vegas, midget tossing competitions at Mike Tyson’s house, oh and he also notes, “the faster we move RIGHT and TIGHT, grounded on analytical INSIGHT, the happier our stakeholders will be” [all of Nierenberg’s plans]

Stories:

Morningstar Investment Conference: Using Annuities In A Portfolio For Added Stability

portfolioOver the past decade, annuities have fallen out of favor with investors. These retirement products became popular in the US during the Great Depression when potential retirees were looking for a secure income stream that would be unaffected by stock market volatility. Q2 2020 hedge fund letters, conferences and more If you’re looking for value Read More


  • Friday we talked about the @lizrhoffman at the WSJ piece, where a Vail Resorts’ board was forced out for having a connection to the activist firm Land & Buildings [link to that] Well now the board member has spoken out. He essentially picked MGM and L&B over Vail. Here’s the key takeaway, “Mr. Kincaid said he is selective when signing onto activist campaigns and looked closely at Mr. Litt’s plan for MGM to separate its casino properties into a real-estate investment trust [link]
  • @PDGarvey at The Australian notes that “the Australian stock market is ripe for the rise of activist hedge funds.” The key takeaway is his (or rather Credit Suisse’s) targets for activist funds, outlined below and without comment [link]