Ascent Capital Group Inc. (ASCMA): Billionaire Mario Gabelli’s GAMCO Investors Lowers Its Stake

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As per a new 13D filing with the SEC, billionaire Mario Gabelli‘s GAMCO Investors‘ stake in Ascent Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ASCMA) has been lowered, as the fund, together with its affiliates, holds 1.33 million Series A shares, which amass 11.10% of the float. Out of the aggregate amount, GAMCO solely owns 868,272 Series A shares or 7.27% of the company’s outstanding stock, compared to its previous stake in the company which consisted of 933,568 shares, according to GAMCO’s 13F filing for the end-of-June reporting period.

Ascent Capital Group is a holding company that operates in these sectors: LiveWatch, Monitronics, and Other Activities. Year-to-date, the company’s stock is up by 26.67%. For the second quarter of 2016, the company reported a loss per share from continuing operations of $1.80 and revenue of $143.66 million, compared to a loss per share of $1.41 and revenue of $141.54 million for the same quarter of the prior year.


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Out of the 749 investors tracked by Insider Monkey which filed 13Fs for the June quarter, 12 smart money managers were bullish on Ascent Capital Group (NASDAQ:ASCMA), up by three from the previous reporting period. Among smart money managers who reported long positions in the company were Ahmet Okumus’ Okumus Fund Management, with a position valued at $19.85 million, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies, which held a position worth around $10.25 million, Don Morgan’s Brigade Capital, and Gavin Saitowitz and Cisco J. Del Valle’s Springbok Capital.

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Ownership Summary Table

Name Sole Voting Power Shared Voting Power Sole Dispositive Power Shared Dispositive Power Aggregate Amount Owned Power Percent of Class
Gabelli Funds 192,500 192,500 192,500 1.61%
GAMCO Asset Management Inc. I.D. No. 13-40445 694,445 868,272 868,272 7.27%
Teton Advisors, Inc. I.D. No. 13-4008049 264,900 264,900 264,900 2.22%
GGCP, Inc. I.D. No. 13-3056041 0.00%
GAMCO Investors, Inc. I.D. No. 13-400786 0.00%
Associated Capital Group, Inc. I.D. No. 47-3965991 Check the appropriate box if a member of a group (SEE INSTRUCTIONS) (a) (b) 0.00%
Mario J. Gabelli 456 456 456 0.00%

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Washington, D.C. 20549
Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Amendment No. 20)
Ascent Capital Group, Inc.
(Name of Issuer)
Series A Common Stock
(Title of Class of Securities)
(CUSIP Number)
David Goldman
GAMCO Investors, Inc.
One Corporate Center
Rye, New York 10580-1435
(914) 921-5000
(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)
______________________ September 21, 2016________________________
(Date of Event which Requires Filing of this Statement)
If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§ 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box.

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