Jeff Ubben is a founder, chief executive officer and the chief investment officer of ValueAct Holding LP. Prior to founding ValueAct Capital in 2000, Ubben was a managing partner at Blum Capital Partners for more than five years. Previously, Ubben was a former chairman and director of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., a former director of Acxiom Corp., Catalina Marketing Corp., Gartner Group, Inc., Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc., Mentor Corporation, Omnicare, Inc., Misys, plc, Per-Se Technologies, Inc., Sara Lee Corp. and several other public and private companies.
The hedge fund today has bought a big stake in American Express Co. (AXP) with an investment of about $1 billion that amounts to less than 5% of AXP’s outstanding shares. After the news, shares of the company has risen by about 7%, to $80 and now the price is -15.82% from its 52-week high and +7.51% from its 52-week low and is trading with a P/E ratio of 18.64. Value Act said AXP is not yet a core active target for them, even so they see a strong growth potential for the business of the company that together with its subsidiaries is a service company that provides customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Continue Reading »