Carl Icahn

Carl Icahn

Last Update: 2014-02-28

Number of Stocks: 18
Number of New Stocks: 1

Total Value: $30,456 Mil
Q/Q Turnover: 8%

Countries: USA
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Carl Icahn Watch

  • 60 Minutes Profiles Carl Icahn

    Pushing for change at Chesapeake Energy and Herbalife, battling head to head on CNBC with Bill Ackman... Carl Icahn isn't your run-of-the-mill senior citizen.

    At age 76, Carl Icahn is still shaking up corporate boards, criticizing management and demanding board seats. His hedge fund was one of the top performers in 2011 and has a long-term track record of approximately 30% pa. His conglomerate, Icahn Enterprises, invests in rail cars, retail, gaming, energy and automotive. He insists that most public companies around the world are very inefficient and can be improved with the correct strategies. A Princeton drop out, he is now one of the longest standing and most successful corporate take- over artists in the world.  


  • Bill Nygren Commentary on Oakmark Fund, First Quarter 2013

    The Oakmark Fund increased by 10% in the past quarter, bringing the gain for the first half of our fiscal year to 13%. The S&P 500 also increased significantly, up 11% and 10% for the quarter and six months, respectively. Despite these increases, we believe stocks remain moderately undervalued relative to their own history and extremely undervalued versus bonds.

    Our best performing stock in the quarter was Dell, up 42%. Dell is in the midst of a bidding war between a group headed by its CEO, Michael Dell, and groups led by Blackstone and Carl Icahn. We have decided, for now, to maintain our holding as we believe there is a reasonable probability that a higher bid will emerge. A more detailed discussion of our Dell position can be found in the commentary for the Oakmark and Oakmark Select Funds.  


  • Carl Icahn Writes Letter to Transocean Shareholders - Wants A Dividend Increase

    How does Icahn get any sleep? He seems to be publicly active with a new company every week — Herbalife, Chesapeake, Dell (potential acquisition).

    Yesterday he released this letter asking shareholders to support his three proposed directors and the implementation of a much larger dividend. Here is his letter:  


  • A Luddite Consumer Perspective - Icahn’s New Mega Buy, NUAN

    In 1926 Nikola Tesla, scientist, futurist and inventor, stated: "When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole." In the 1960s philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s vision of technology in a media-dominated global village was that it translates "our entire lives into the spiritual form of information" and unifies the entire globe and the human family into a single consciousness.

    This week Nuance Communications Inc. (NUAN) and its new “Voice Ads” realized more of what Tesla envisioned and McLuhan predicted as “the intensification of the world community,” which he postulated before cell phones, smartphones, laptops, Facebook or Google. A few days ago, Nuance Communications unveiled “Voice Ads,” as a new mobile advertising format that lets a billion people have two-way conversations with the brands they love. The question is: Do you WANT to have a conversation with a brand? I don’t. I never talk to my shampoo. Ever.  


  • Carl Icahn’s 4 Biggest Dividend Stock Holdings

    Super investors made a great return in the past and they got very rich. Not all started to make money with little stock trading. Some of them made big deals with huge loans. They took the risk and won the game.

    Carl Icahn is such a person. He is an activist with $12 billion market value of his Icahn Capital Management vehicle. Herbalife, Transocean or Dell, Icahn is still named as investor who stirs up the pastry.  


  • Billionaire Carl Icahn: Pitbull At The Gate, Dell (DELL), Herbalife (HLF) And More

    Be sure to check out our detailed stock analysis (click here). It seems everywhere we look, Carl Icahn is nipping at some company's heels, getting ready to bite. He is the ultimate alpha investor. The CBS program "60 Minutes" profiled him in August 2008 and called his effect on a company's share price the “Icahn Lift.” The premise behind this is that Icahn boosts the value of a company's share price for other investors when he buys stock in that particular company (check out all of Icahn's stock picks).

    Icahn started his style of investing in the 1970s and 80s. The press originally called him a “Greenmailer” as companies would just pay him off to go away. In other words they paid a premium for his shares to leave the company alone. In the late 1980s and 90s, Icahn became known as a “Corporate Raider” after he bought entire companies using cash and debt. Today he's known as an “Activist Investor.” But as Icahn told "60 Minutes," he's been doing the same thing all along, which is identify an undervalued company and use his deep pockets to angle for change in the company's strategy and boost the stock price. When Icahn wins, other investors win as well because investors are investing right alongside him. Let's take a look at where Icahn is currently investing.  


  • Carl Icahn Boosts Stake in Herbalife and S&P Nears Record Territory

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) continues to make new highs and it looks like it will make a new record high thanks to a very strong employment report in which February non-farm payroll numbers increased 236,000, easily beating the 160,000 economists were expecting. At the same time, the unemployment rate fell to 7.7%, its lowest rate since December 2008. Construction jobs continue to be strong as that sector of the economy added 48,000 new jobs in February and 25,000 new jobs in January. With these numbers, the Dow is poised to end the week on a strong note and in record territory. The S&P 500 is also very close to making new highs. The all-time closing high in the S&P is 1,565 and the intraday high is 1,576.

    It has been a busy week for Carl Icahn as it was revealed he had built a 100 million-share stake in Dell (DELL) and is basically demanding a $9 special dividend and is threatening years of litigation. Now yesterday he increased his Herbalife (HLF) stake to 15.55% as he added another 2 million shares. Keep in mind, under an agreement with the board, Icahn has the right to purchase up to 25% of Herbalife. The fight is certainly getting interesting but Ackman only needs to get the attention of one fed to investigate his claims. You have to love their CNBC argument.  


  • Carl Icahn Builds Dell Stake and Time Inc. Is Set to Get Spun Off After Deal Breaks Down

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to make new all-time highs and the S&P 500 isn’t too far behind as labor figures continue to come in following yesterday’s ADP number. Today jobless claims, the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits, unexpectedly fell by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 340,000. Economist were expecting jobless claims of 355,000. The Labor Department is expected to release its employment report tomorrow.

    Shares of PC-maker Dell (DELL) are slightly higher after CNBC’s David Faber reported that activist investor Carl Icahn has taken a significant stake in the company to oppose Michael Dell’s and Private Equity firm Silver Lake Partners' go-private transaction of the PC maker at $13.65. Icahn is believed to have built up a 100 million-share stake. The price has been contested since the deal was announced with Mason Hawkins and Southeastern Asset Management leading the way. Southeastern is Dell’s largest independent shareholder and currently owns roughly 123 million shares. Carl Icahn is asking the company to leverage up and issue a one-time $9 special dividend. Rumors are also circulating that rivals Lenovo (LNGVY.PK) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are also contemplating a bid for cash-rich Dell. With so much opposition lining up, Dell has set up a special committee to solicit offers and has set March 22, 2013 as the deadline. The clear winner in all this is Mason Hawkins and Southeastern Asset Management as it looks like Dell will get a higher takeover bid after all. With Icahn on board, and promising a fight, it definitely looks like $13.65 will not be the final price someone will get. Dell’s share are already trading at a 5% premium to Michael Dell’s $13.65 price tag.  


  • Icahn on Bloomberg TV: I thank Ackman for Herbalife oppty

    Carl Icahn spoke with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television today and said that he is "excited" about the agreement with Herbalife (HLF) to add two of his nominees to the company's board. Icahn said, "We have a good rapport with them…We like them."

    On Bill Ackman, Icahn said "If you look at his record lately, he has made a few very big mistakes. I am not going to say just this one…I look at it as a great opportunity. Ironically, I thank him for giving it to me. Does not mean I like him."  


  • Ride the Tank Car Boom: American Railcar Industries

    Contributing editor Glenn Rogers is back this week with some thoughts about North America's oil traffic jam and the railroad solution that producers are turning to with greater frequency. Glenn is a successful businessman and entrepreneur who has worked in both Canada and the U.S. and now lives in southern California. Here is his report. Glenn Rogers writes:

    While the U.S. government ponders whether to finally approve the Keystone pipeline, oil companies and refiners have figured out a way to move their products without the benefit of the less expensive and safer pipeline alternative - by rail.  


  • Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon Resigns – What Now?

    After experiencing a roller-coaster of a year in 2012, jam-packed with investigations, falling market value, public scrutiny and company shareholders demanding his ouster, Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon has announced his decision to resign, sending Chesapeake (CHK)’s stock to surge about 11 percent yesterday after the news broke.

    It seems like Chesapeake is well on its way to recovery, with McClendon’s resignation knocking off the first step, taking effect in the beginning of April. Since 2013 started, its stock has risen from $16 to its price today of $20.05.  


  • Carl Icahn Still Bullish on Chesapeake

    It appears that Carl Icahn has helped to shuffle the board of another company. Yesterday, it was revealed that Chief Executive Officer Aubrey McClendon has agreed to retire on April 1.

    However, it is not clear whether Icahn used his activist tactics to remove the beleaguered executive.  


  • Herbalife Strife: Icahn & Ackman Duke It Out

    I have seen a lot of things in my two decades in the investment industry, but seeing a verbal cage fight between a senile 76 year-old corporate raider and a white-haired, 46 year-old Harvard grad makes for surprisingly entertaining viewing. The investment heavyweights I am referring to are the elder Carl Icahn, Chairman of Icahn Enterprises, and junior Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management. If getting a few billionaires yelling at each other on live TV is not enough to interest you, then how about adding some tongue-laced f-bombs coupled with blow-by-blow screaming from background traders? What’s the source of the venomous, spitting hatred between these stock market tycoons? In short, it can be boiled down to a decade old lawsuit (profitable for both I might add), and a disagreement over the short position of a controversial stock, Herbalife (HLF). Regarding the legal spat, in 2003 the SEC was investigating Ackman while his Gotham Partners hedge fund was collapsing, so Ackman asked Icahn to buy shares of Hallwood Realty in hopes of salvaging his fund. Eventually, Icahn bought shares, but a difference in opinion over the transaction led to a lawsuit that Icahn lost, thereby forcing him to pay Ackman $9 million.

    Icahn also had a beef with Ackman’s handling of Herbalife: Parading in front of hundreds of investors to self-indulgently create a bear raid on an unsuspecting company is poor form in Icahn’s view, and Carl wanted to make sure Ackman was aware of this investing faux pas.  


  • Carl Icahn’s Top Growth Stocks

    It is incredibly hard to find a description of Carl Icahn without seeing the words activist, raider, takeover, and of course, billionaire, attached to his name. The aggressive investing Guru has built a legendary reputation disturbing the peace in the management of ailing companies, challenging corporate executives about the way they run businesses and writing ultra-public letters of criticism, all laced together with good intentions.

    As the ultimate contrarian, the Icahn approach doesn’t quite fall completely in line with the methods of the investing messiah himself, Warren Buffett, which often has people underestimating Icahn, explaining why investors do not piggy-back on his moves as fast as they do Buffett’s. But one part about this tidbit that Icahn does surely enjoy: proving people wrong.  


  • Carl Icahn Discloses a Position in Transocean Ltd.

    Global offshore drilling company, Transocean Ltd. (RIG), announced yesterday that activist Guru Carl Icahn has grabbed a 3.26 percent position in the company, according to a Transocean press release on Monday and an SEC filing.

    The company noted that the position consists of 1.56 percent of Transocean’s issued shares, and 1.7 percent worth of a synthetic long position (including options to acquire shares). Icahn additionally seeks approval to potentially obtain voting securities of Transocean in an amount exceeding $682.1 million. Buying this amount would place his stake in the company at about 5 percent.  


  • Carl Icahn’s Commercial Metals Stake Continues to Lose Shine

    It has been about a year since activist investor Carl Icahn dropped his bid for Irving, Texas-based Commercial Metals Co. (CMC). After a proxy contest lasting several months, and the company urging its shareholders to refuse Icahn’s $15 per share tender offer, Commercial Metals can continue to welcome the New Year Icahn-free, as the takeover Guru reported his third stake reduction in the company today.

    Icahn, who once had about 10 percent control of the company, now has 6.17 percent of the company’s outstanding shares. In the third quarter of 2012, he had 6.82 percent outstanding shares.  


  • Carl Icahn the Activist Investor on 60 Minutes

    Carl Icahn the activist investor was on 60 Minutes discussing his investment strategy. This video is a bit old but still provides very good insights into the workings of Icahn — how he goes about looking at the opportunities, fighting boards and management and making profits.

    Here is the video:  


  • Bloomberg's Carl Icahn Spotlight



  • Bloomberg's Take on Carl Icahn's Greenbrier Bids



  • Icahn Takes a Large Step Back from Greenbrier After Company Rejects Second Bid

    Activist investor, Carl Icahn, who was once 9.99 percent owner of railcar maker, Greenbrier Companies Inc. (GBX), has now taken a leap back from its ownership and reduced his stake by 65.9 percent, reported on Dec. 21 according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks. The reduction came after Greenbrier rejected Icahn’s second bid, teaming up with American Railcar (ARII) as Icahn oversaw plans to merge the two companies. (To read about his first bid, go to Carl Icahn Pursues Greenbrier.)

    Icahn, who owns 55.6 percent of American Railcar’s outstanding shares, now holds a measly 924,262 shares of Greenbrier after the reduction, compared to the 2.7 million he originally owned when he first acquired the stock in November. This currently represents 3.41 percent of Greenbrier’s outstanding shares.  


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Robertbradf@google
ReplyRobertbradf@google - 4 months ago
Icahn is known for acquiring large stakes in companies with the intent of changing their corporate strategies.http://bit.ly/19cSEv3
Tnguye48
ReplyTnguye48 - 5 months ago
Is APPLE missing in this portfolio?



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