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Activist Fund Elliott Buys Monsanto, Lifelock, Sells Off Qlik

Elliott Management is a New York-based hedge fund founded by billionaire activist investor Paul Singer in 1977. Elliot Management provides services to pooled investment vehicles, and invests in public equity, fixed income, and alternative markets around the world. The firm obtains external research to complement its in-house research. Elliott Management has generated net compound annual returns of 14.6% for its investors since its inception, and currently manages a U.S. public equity portfolio worth over $11.6 billion, according to its 13F filing for the June quarter.

Paul Singer has degrees in psychology and JD (Doctor of Law) from the University of Rochester and Harvard Law School respectively. He started Elliot Associates with $1.3 million borrowed from friends and family. Initially, Mr. Singer focused on convertible arbitrage, but ever since the stock market crash and recessions of 1987 and the early 1990’s, the fund has transitioned into a multi-strategy hedge fund. Often known as the “Vulture”, Mr. Singer’s net worth stands at $2.2 billion according to Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at some of the most important moves made by Mr. Singer and his team at Elliot Management during the second quarter.

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Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE:IPG)

– Shares Owned by Elliott Management (as of June 30): 11.43 million

– Value of Elliott Management’s Holding (as of June 30): $264.3 million

Elliot Management sold 4.23 million shares of Interpublic Group of Companies Inc (NYSE:IPG) during the second quarter, cutting its holding in the company by 27%. The fund ended the quarter with 11.44 million shares of the marketing services company, which have a total value of about $264.3 million. Interpublic reported its second quarter results last month, which came in at EPS of $0.33, in-line with analysts’ consensus estimate, while revenue of $1.92 billion was slightly below analysts’ forecast of $1.93 billion. Earlier this month, Harley-Davidson (NYSE:HOG) selected Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG) to handle its global media and digital marketing efforts.

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  Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)

– Shares Owned by Elliott Management (as of June 30): 1.36 million

– Value of Elliott Management’s Holding (as of June 30): $140.79 million

Elliot Management added Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) to its portfolio during the June quarter, buying 1.36 million shares of the company. The new stake accounts for about 1.21% of the value of the hedge fund’s equity portfolio. On Wednesday, Reuters reported that Monsanto had given German suitor Bayer AG limited access to its books after turning down a $64 billion acquisition offer last month. Some reports also suggest that Bayer may turn directly to Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON)’s shareholders for a merger, as Monsanto has now rejected two of its offers. Shares of Monsanto have gained over 5% so far this year.

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On the next page, we continue our discussion of Paul Singer’s biggest purchases of the second quarter, plus a large sold off position.