Wednesday, 27 August 2014
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Aug 2 2007 | 11:54am ET
Grange Johnson is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore. The hedge fund manager is demanding action from mailing and shipping services company Stamps.com, whose stock price is languishing near its 52-week low, to improve its performance.
Johnson, the head of LaGrange Capital Management, demanded that Stamps.com announce a tender offer for as many as one-third of its outstanding shares. And if that doesn’t work –quickly – Johnson said the company should explore a sale.
“We are long-term and long-suffering holders of Stamps.com,” LaGrange, whose two funds own a combined 6.4% of the company, wrote in a letter to its board of directors. “The company’s consistently poor execution, which has driven its woeful stock performance, requires more aggressive corporate actions.”
Stamps.com--of which LaGrange wrote, “I can think of few better investments than buying STMP stock at its current multi-year low price,”--generates cash and is over-capitalized, he argued, meaning the company could complete the tender offer without taking on any debt. But Johnson made clear that he is not averse to pushing for a sale, even suggesting some possible buyers.
“Perhaps STMP is best run as part of a larger firm such as Intuit or j2 Global Communications,” he wrote. “Such firms could offer PC Postage as part of a broader package of products.”
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…
Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...