Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Last updated 39 min ago
Aug 24 2012 | 12:48pm ET
Carl Icahn's former right-hand man is continuing in his mentor's footsteps.
Corver Management, the hedge fund helmed by former Icahn lieutenant Keith Meister, is rattling its sword in the direction of Ralcorp Holdings. Corvex said yesterday that it owns more than 5% of the private-label food company and demanded that Ralcorp do something, up to and including putting itself up for sale.
"The 'status quo' is unacceptable," Corvex wrote in a regulatory filing.
The hedge fund, founded two years ago by Meister, said Ralcorp could assuage it by other measures, including adding investors to its board of directors, improving its operating performance, reallocating its capital or seeking acquisitions. Or, it could merge with another company—an option Ralcorp rejected last year when it was approached by ConAgra Foods. But Corvex demanded that it do something "immediately."
Corvex said Ralcorp has "had several serious execution issues" since it spun-off its Post Cereals division in the wake of the ConAgra approach, "including disappointing earnings, inability to file quarterly financials on a timely basis and poor communication with investors and analysts."
Sep 22 2014 | 4:15pm ET
"I tell people that everybody likes good news and so if you have good performance that’s wonderful,” explains Mike McKitich, CIO of Petty Endowment, “but it’s the people that want to talk about the bad news or where they drifted and how they came back and how they stayed to their discipline…” that he wants to hear from. Read more…
Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET
As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…
Credit default swaps brought down the London Whale and cost JPMorgan $6.2 billion. Here is how it happened.