Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

Last Update: 2014-12-17

Number of Stocks: 21
Number of New Stocks: 1

Total Value: $33,634 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 7%

Countries: USA
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Carl Icahn Watch

  • How Apple Got Here (And What It Can Do to Get Back on Track)

    Apple (AAPL) stock has been a battleground for the last few years. Shares in the company had enjoyed a near meteoric rise, which ultimately culminated in a September 2012 high price of around $700 per share. Around the same time Steve Jobs, the cofounder and visionary for Apple, died. Then it's stock began to plummet, ultimately reaching its low of less than $400 per share in the summer of 2013. Since that time the share price has been on the rise again, and currently trades around $530 per share.


    Chart Courtesy of Yahoo Finance

      


  • Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Tells Fox Business That Banks Should 'Go Back to Glass-Steagall'

    In an interview to appear tonight on FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Cavuto (6PM/ET), billionaire investor Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) speaks with anchor Neil Cavuto about his position in Apple and about the economy overall. Icahn discusses Apple, saying, “I absolutely have no intention of selling” Apple stock and that, “I think Apple is one of the cheapest stocks around.” When asked about Apple’s management, Icahn says, “We like the management there. It is a little unique for us because usually we don’t like the manager.” Ichan goes on to speak about the Volcker Rule and says, “I think the Volcker Rule is fine. I think what they should do is go back to Glass-Steagall…a lot of my friends at these investment banks are going to be real mad at me for saying it, but I really think that was one of the problems in ‘08.” When asked about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Icahn says, “I’m not a fan of the mayor.”

    Excerpts from the interview are below.  


  • Carl Icahn Plugs Apple Again

    Investor Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) this afternoon continued his vocal campaign to convince the masses – and CEO Tim Cook – of the unwarranted discount of Apple (AAPL)’s current stock price.


    First, Icahn vouched for the continued creative fertility of the company, telling his Twitter followers:

      


  • Why Carl Icahn Likes Apple

    Two days ago, Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) divulged straight to the public via Twitter that he had sunk another $500 million into Apple Inc. (AAPL). That day, his total Apple investment rose to $3.6 billion. Icahn called Apple’s value a “no brainer,” but later offered a lengthy discourse on just what it actually entailed, as he vies for a larger share buyback from the company.


    Valuation

      


  • Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Tells Fox Business That He Intends to Buy Even More Apple Stock

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) spoke with FOX Business Network’s (FBN) Charlie Gasparino about his positions in Apple (AAPL) and Herbalife. He discussed his $500 million purchase of Apple stock today, saying, “we think it's really very undervalued, and the board is doing a major disservice by not using this greatest horde of cash in history.” Icahn went on to say Apple is “doing me a favor, because they're letting me buy the stock here at this value instead of buying it themselves.” When asked whether he plans to buy more Apple stock, Icahn said, “yes, we presently intend - at these values - to continue.  I think it's very cheap.” Icahn also commented on Herbalife (HLF) saying, he hasn’t “sold any shares” and that he thinks “it is very undervalued.”


    Excerpts from the interview are below.

      


  • Why Apple Should Increase Its Buyback in Seven Pages by Carl Icahn

    Dear Fellow Apple Shareholders,


    Over the course of my long career as an investor and as Chairman of Icahn Enterprises, our best performing investments result from opportunities that we like to call "no brainers." Recent examples of such "no brainers" have been our investments in Netflix, Hain Celestial, Chesapeake, Forest Labs and Herbalife, just to name a few. In our opinion, a great example of a "no brainer" in today's market is Apple (AAPL). The S&P 500's price to earnings multiple is 71% higher than Apple's, and if Apple were simply valued at the same multiple, its share price would be $840, which is 52% higher than its current price.1 This is a dramatic valuation disconnect that simply makes no sense to us, and it seems that the company agrees with us on this point. Tim Cook himself has expressed on more than one occasion that Apple is undervalued, and as the company states, it already has in place "the largest share repurchase authorization in history." We believe, however, that this share repurchase authorization can and should be even larger, and effectuating that for the benefit of all of the company's shareholders is the sole intention of our proposal. The company has recommended voting against our proposal for various reasons. It seems to us that the basis of its argument against our proposal is that the company believes, because of the "dynamic competitive landscape" and because its "rapid pace of innovation require[s] unprecedented investment, flexibility and access to resources", it does not currently have enough excess liquidity to increase the size of its repurchase program. Assuming this indeed is the basis for the company's argument, we find its position overly conservative (almost to the point of being irrational), when we consider that the company had $130 billion of net cash as of September 28, 2013 and that consensus earnings are expected to be almost $40 billion next year. Given this massive net cash position and robust earnings generation, Apple is perhaps the most overcapitalized company in corporate history, from our perspective. Regardless of what liquidity it may require with respect to "unprecedented investment, flexibility and access to resources" for innovation moving forward, we believe the unprecedented degree to which the company is currently overcapitalized would overcompensate for any such investments (including possible investments in strategic M&A, to which the company does not refer). Said another way, we believe that the combination of the company's unprecedentedly enormous net cash balance, robust annual earnings, and tremendous borrowing capacity provide more than enough excess liquidity to afford both the use of cash for any necessary ongoing business-related investments in addition to the cash used for the increased share repurchases proposed.

      


  • Carl Icahn Just Added Another $500 Million of Apple to His Portfolio - Should You?

    The famous Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) of Icahn Capital Management LP, who happens to be a very active and successful investor, very recently tweeted about his increased stake in the mighty Apple Inc. (AAPL) and following this news, the price of the stock rose as much as 1.5%. The Princeton graduate has been very keen on Apple shares for some time now and in his words Apple is “one of the greatest no-brainers of all time.”


    With an addition of another $500 million worth of shares, Icahn’s total investment in the iPhone maker has moved well above $3 billion and he intends to buy even more. This is the third time that he has upped his stake in the company in the past six months. And it’s not just Icahn, but other hedge fund gurus as well who have huge faith in the stock. For David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio) of Greenlight Capital, Apple happens to be one of his largest stock investments, and he has added to his stake in the company from time to time.

      


  • Carl Icahn Just Minutes After Discussing Apple Reveals eBay as Yet Another Target

    Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) suggests that investors pretend they have a punchcard that allows them to make only a limited number of investments over their careers.


    If Carl Icahn (Trades, Portfolio) has one of those punchcards, he must have blisters from punching holes.

      


  • Carl Icahn Refutes Hertz Buying Rumors



  • Carl Icahn Discusses Apple After Buying $500 Million More Shares



  • Carl Icahn - Takeover Man (60 Minutes)



  • Apple’s Board Asks Shareholders to Reject Carl Icahn’s Newest Proposal and CEO Tim Cook Drops Shares

    On Dec. 27 Apple’s Board issued a preliminary proxy statement with the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding its upcoming shareholder meeting in February. Among the proposals that are to be addressed in this shareholder meeting is Guru, Carl Icahn’s, buyback proposal. The guru, known for his activist investing, is not afraid of getting his hands a little dirty as we saw earlier this year with the Dell (DELL) debacle.


    But in regards to Apple (AAPL), Carl Icahn requested that the company buy back no less than $50 billion of its shares during the fiscal year ending in September. It is this proposal that Apple’s board is trying to deter its other shareholders from voting for.

      


  • Guru Investor of the Year 2013 – Carl Icahn

    GuruFocus readers several weeks ago nominated gurus who in their mind best navigated the unique circumstances of 2013. With 34.7% of total votes cast, they have now picked Carl Icahn as GuruFocus Guru of the Year. The multi-approach investor stole the spotlight this year, launching a number of high-stakes and highly publicized maneuvers. As second, readers ranked Warren Buffett’s two new managers at Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B), Todd Combs and Ted Weschler, with 24.2% of votes. Following them are David Tepper (18.6%), Bruce Berkowitz (17.3%) and David Einhorn (5.2%).

    Icahn invests through three vehicles: two hedge funds, Icahn Partners and Icahn Management LP, and a private equity firm, American Real Estate Partners. Over the past decade, he returned on average annually 20%.

    Icahn’s stock portfolio, valued at $24.6 billion, is diversified among a variety of sectors: industrials, energy, consumer capital, technology and health care. He also holds large, activist stakes in several companies, including Nuance Technologies (NUAN), Talisman Energy (TLM), Hologic Inc. (HOLX), Transocean Ltd. (RIG) and Netflix (NFLX).

    In decades past, the investor became known for strong arming companies into making changes. His approach has softened somewhat, though he made his mark on several companies this year that he felt were not serving shareholders to their fullest. In March, he famously attempted (and ultimately failed) to save Dell (DELL) investors from what he believed was a low-ball offer from its founder, Michael Dell, to take the company private. He also for several months ending in November battled (successfully) for Transocean (RIG)’s board to increase its dividend to $3 and reduce its number of board seats.

    Perhaps most notable of Icahn’s escapades this year, in December he pressured Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook to return $50 billion to shareholders in the form of share buybacks. For months this year, he also insisted the company raise its dividend.

    In a stroke of genius on the open market, Icahn joined George Soros early in the year in making a long bet in favor of Herbalife (HLF), just after Bill Ackman made a public short case against the company, imploding its stock. Year to date, Herbalife stock has soared 168%. In August, Icahn told Fox news he ultimately realized a $500 million profit on the position.

    Going forward, Icahn sees an unfavorable environment for stocks. He told Reuters in November: "I am very cautious on equities today. This market could easily have a big drop… Very simplistically put, a lot of the earnings are a mirage. They are not coming because the companies are well run but because of low interest rates."

    However, the outlook for his brand of activism holds more promise, in his view, as he said through Icahn Enterprises in November:

    “Most importantly to current IEP unit holders is that in my opinion there has never been a better time than today for activist investing, if practiced properly. Several factors are responsible for this: 1) extremely low interest rates, which make acquisitions much less costly and therefore much more attractive, and 2) the current awareness by many institutional investors that the prevalence of mediocre top management and non-caring boards at many of America's companies must be dealt with if we are ever going to end high unemployment and be able to compete in world markets. I believe that the greatly increasing need for a catalyst to make acquisitions possible and to make mediocre managements accountable will be of meaningful benefit to IEP in future years. As a corollary, I expect that low interest rates will greatly increase the ability of the companies IEP controls to make judicious, friendly or not so friendly, acquisitions.”

    He also reminded investors, “An investment in IEP stock made at the beginning of 2000 has increased by approximately 1,500%, or an average annual return of 22%, through October 31, 2013.”

     

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  • Apple Explains to Shareholders Why It Is Rejecting Carl Icahn's $50 Billion Buyback Proposal

    PROPOSAL NO. 10


    Shareholder Proposal of a Non-Binding Advisory Resolution Relating to the Company’s Capital Return Program

      


  • It Might Be the Time for Beer

    After a couple of capital increases and what looks like a weak strategy for its growth in different South American countries, Chile's beer king Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU) – most commonly knows as CCU - is selling at a steep discount to its peers. In other words, being down by 23% year to date, I think it might be the time to start thinking of buying CCU's shares.


    A Weak Growth Strategy

      


  • Herbalife Spikes on News of Re-Audited Financials - Carl Icahn Says Stock Is Still Undervalued

    Herbalife (HLF) got some good news with the results of its re-audited 2010 to 2012.  


  • Hologic’s Opportunity (Icahn Sees It. Do You?)

    Hologic Inc. (HOLX) is a company that develops, manufactures and supplies medical imaging systems, and diagnostic and surgical products serving the health care needs of women. It has a very strong presence in breast health and diagnosis, the largest of their four market segments GYN surgical and skeletal health being the two other big ones. The firm sells and services its products in an overly competitive market through a combination of direct sales and service forces, and a network of independent distributors and sales representatives.

    Hologic’s sales this year have dropped by 5.4 percent while the firm’s debt remains substantial. So, one question arises: Is it time to sell or time to be patient?  


  • Gurus' Favorite Euro Stocks for Europe's Drop

    Europe saw a steep market drop today. European stocks are down to three-week lows, with declines almost across the board, as 90% of the top 600 stocks are in negative territory, according to CNBC. Weak data precipitated the drop.

    This follows mixed results in November. According to Hedge Fund Research Inc.:  


  • Carl Icahn Is Interested in Health Care Needs of Women

    Let´s start looking at the "big picture." The Health Care Equipment sub-industry will remain strong due to the increasing age of the population. Also, two important factors to consider are the increase in the industry’s clientele, and the ability to manage this new clientele in a more efficient way, with improved technology and better health care equipment. With this promising outlook, let's take a look at Icahn´s last trade and try to explain to investors the reasons of this appealing investment opportunity.

    On Nov. 11, Carl Icahn bought Hologic Inc. (HOLX), a company that develops, manufactures, and markets x-ray systems. It operates through four segments: Diagnostics, Breast Health, GYN Surgical and Skeletal Health.  


  • Carl Icahn Eyes Next Target with 13% Stake in Hologic

    After shaking up Dell (DELL) and Apple (AAPL) this year, billionaire investor Carl Icahn has set his sights on his next target: Hologic Inc. (HOLX). Icahn reported today in a 13D activist filing with the SEC that he has taken a 12.63% stake in the company, equal to 34,154,879 shares, costing in aggregate $285.4 million.

    Icahn said he acquired the position because he believed the stock was undervalued. He also intends to initiate discussions with the management about ways to enhance shareholder value, and possibly seek shareholder board seats.  


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User Comments

Bashe
ReplyBashe - 5 months ago
you got Icahn going from 6 million to 104 million you guys charge us for information you got to get the numbers right. does anyone there read the stuff you post?
Robertbradf@google
ReplyRobertbradf@google - 1 year ago
Icahn is known for acquiring large stakes in companies with the intent of changing their corporate strategies.http://bit.ly/19cSEv3
Tnguye48
ReplyTnguye48 - 1 year ago
Is APPLE missing in this portfolio?



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