Becker Drapkin Management, led by Matthew Drapkin and Steven R. Becker, has greatly reduced its activist stake in XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO), which has been occupying the top position in the fund’s public equity portfolio for last two quarters. A newly-amended filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission revealed that Becker Drapkin Management now holds 945,876 shares of XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO), representing a substantial decrease from the 2.16 million shares of the company it reported holding in its latest 13F filing for the reporting period of March 31. The current stake comprises 3.6% of the company’s outstanding common stock.
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Becker Drapkin Management is a Texas-based hedge focusing on small-cap value situations in the U.S. equity markets. In its latest 13F filing, Becker Drapkin Management disclosed a public equity portfolio valued at $179.7 million. During the first quarter, the fund had a strong focus on technology stocks, which accounted for over 55% of the fund’s total portfolio value. The fund also likes to invest in services and consumer goods companies. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the fund’s top holdings in terms of value, including aforementioned former top pick XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO), as well as Comverse Inc (NASDAQ:CNSI), and Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSYS).
On the top of list is XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO), a consumer Internet and media company, with a market cap of $418.6 million. The company reported solid financial results for the first quarter of 2015, with net income of $1.4 million, versus a loss of $676,000 in the same quarter last year. Revenue for the first quarter was $32.6 million, representing a slight increase compared to the $32.4 million it reported for 2014. XO Group Inc (NYSE:XOXO)’s stock performance has also been impressive, gaining 41.84% during the past year; or rather, had been impressive. Shares have slid by 9% in 2015. Other large shareholders of the company among funds and investors we track include Wallace Weitz’s Wallace R. Weitz & Co. and John W. Rogers’ Ariel Investments, holding 2.12 million shares and 1.47 million shares, respectively, as of March 31.