Activist Daily: M&A driving hedge fund returns

Activist follower, another strong day today. Activist investing news and stories for June 25 below. You should know by now that the free newsletter is on a 24-hour delay. Subscribe to Activist Strategy to get it on publication day or request a two-week free trial here. As usual, check out the tweets on @activiststocks to stay in the know and get on the free daily newsletter list.


  • Discovery Group is now active at Internap Corp. ($INAP) – the $500M market cap internet infrastructure company. It owns 5.3% with no plans of yet. Gamco is also an activist here, owning 12.3%.
  • Icahn blew out of his Netflix position and notes that Apple is currently offering the same opportunity as Netflix did when it first invested in 2012.
  • Cannell Capital lowers its Envivio ($ENVI) stake from 6.75% to 6.1%. This comes due to an agreement with possible board nominees being dissolved. Cannell still “likes” Envivo [link to our notes]
  • Not activist related but Leon Cooperman dumped his Caesars Entertainment ($CZR) stake.
  • The blocking of the U.S. Foods Sysco merger brings into question whether the FTC will support the Office Depot and Staples merger.
  • Lone Star Value ups its Dakota Plains Holdings ($DAKP) stake from 7.8% to 7.9%, but also puts out thoughts on
  • [link to our notes]
  • Newton Glassman’s PE firm, Catalyst Capital, is suing Greg Boland’s West Face Capital again. I’m not even going to indulge it; you can read more at Bloomberg if you care.
  • Wynnefield Partners takes its activist stake in MusclePharm from 7.7% to 4.7% – after going active in April. Consac is still active from May, owns 7.4%. Wynnefield said that without a major capital infusion MusclePharm might not be able to continue as a “going concern” for much longer [current notes and previous coverage of MSLP]
  • Rothschild chairman, James Lawrence, is leaving the bank for Jana Partners. He’s also one of the potential nominees that Jana has floated for the ConAgra board.


  • WSJ has a piece (not necessarily activist related) about hedge funds outstripping the S&P 500 thanks to strong M&A; most notably, John Paulson is back after a couple years “off” [link]
  • Aberdeen Asset Management comes out and challenges the Samsung merger that Elliott is opposing. Noting, “It is important to speak out against practices that could be prejudicial to shareholders as a whole” [link]

What we’ve been working on-

  • An ode to Kirk Kerkorian part III: MGM [link]
  • Diving into Blue Harbour’s newest activist target [full paywall]
  • Vertex is on fire right now [full paywall]

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