Harbinger Skirts $100M Loss On Satellite Co.

Mar 8 2011 | 5:46pm ET

Harbinger Capital Management's timing in dumping its last stake in satellite operator Inmarsat could not have been better.

The New York-based hedge fund last month renegotiated its lockup period with Inmarsat, which it once hoped to acquire and combine with its own LightSquared satellite business, dumping its remaining 14% stake on Feb. 8. The move—convincing Credit Suisse and UBS to end the lockup two months earlier—has paid off in a big way.

Inmarsat shares dropped 13% yesterday after the company warned that customers were reducing their use of satellite phone calls in favor of e-mail. Had Harbinger been forced to hold its remaining stake until April 7, it would have lost £66 million, or more than US$100 million, on the decline.

Harbinger sold the first half of its 28% stake in Inmarsat in October.


In Depth

Q&A: Reg A+ Will Transform the Alternative Asset Landscape

Jul 7 2015 | 4:03pm ET

In addition to easing capital formation for small companies, Regulation A+ has enormous...

Lifestyle

Fiat Chrysler Files Paperwork For Ferrari IPO

Jul 23 2015 | 5:05pm ET

Italian sportscar maker Ferrari has taken a step closer to a stock market listing...

Guest Contributor

6 Essential Principles To Balance Your Investment Risk

Jun 26 2015 | 10:07am ET

In this article, financial expert Greg Silberman explores how to hedge a private...

 

Editor's Note