Monthly Archives: April 2013

Transocean Has Nothing Good To Say About Icahn Nominees

Transocean explodes with a gusher of crude quotes in a press release responding to ISS’ assessment of Carl Icahn’s nominees. Carl Icahn is looking for some representation on the board of directors of Transocean Ltd. (NYSE: RIG), and ISS agrees … Continue reading

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Kik Kicks It Up a Notch, Raising Almost $20 Million For Its Messaging App

I guess it is VC week, as we report on more private company financing. This time it is the mobile messaging space. Mobile is where things are heading, as we have discussed in depth here and in our PRO Reports. … Continue reading

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U.S. Economy Magically Expands Due To Statistical Manipulation

It is amazing how much the economy improves when you make stuff up. A change in the way the government accounts for the size of the U.S. economy will result in a 3% increase.  Did the economy expand?  Are more … Continue reading

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No IPO No Problem As Later Stage Companies Attract Private Funding

Eventbrite raises $60 million and puts off IPO for a while. Despite hiring a seasoned public company CFO, Eventbrite will probably not go public before the end of 2013.  Getting a $60 million infusion from the likes of T. Rowe … Continue reading

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Proxy Battle for The Timken Company In Full Effect. Timken Sends Letter to Shareholders Criticizing Proposal from Relational Investors and CalSTRS

Timken warns shareholders not to be fooled by misleading dissident campaign. We have been following the Timken/Relational-CalSTRS saga for a while now. It is now in full proxy fight mode.  The latest is Timken’s launch against the dissidents with a … Continue reading

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Let’s Play ‘Spot the Questionable, Small-Time Financial Structure’

Can you guess? I bet you can. Lets see . . . Colorado corporation organized for a completely different business?  Check. Ridiculous capital structure with enormous number of outstanding shares?  Check. Grandiose name?  Check. Lack of assets and revenues?  Check. … Continue reading

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Stillwater Runs Shallow As Clinton Group Continues Proxy Fight For Stillwater Mining Company

Activist Investor cites poor strategy and performance in bid to replace board. Clinton Group, Inc., a stockholder of Stillwater Mining Company (NYSE: SWC), launched a proxy fight to replace the new board of directors for Stillwater. Clinton claims that “on … Continue reading

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Emulex Corporation and Elliott Associates Enter Into Agreement For Standstill, Board Seats

Hedge Fund gets closer to the driver’s seat with Emulex. We’ve been following the Emulex/Elliott saga for a while now and watched as one of our favorite hedge funds was working from the outside to create some value at Emulex, … Continue reading

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How to Get $1.2 Billion of Goldman Sachs Shares Without Really Trying (err, Paying)

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and Goldman Sachs revise terms of warrants to provide for cashless exercise. When everyone thought the financial world was crumbling and threatening to suck Goldman Sachs down along with it, Warren Buffett stepped up to the … Continue reading

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