Billionaire Carl Icahn Trims Stake in Hologic Inc. (HOLX) but Still Likes the Company

In a new filing with the SEC, Icahn Capital LP, run by Carl Icahn, revealed a 9.99% stake in Hologic Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX), which contains 28.15 million shares. Carl Icahn decreased his activist stake in the medical tool company by unloading 6 million shares at $40.47 per unit. Moreover, the investor mentioned the sale of shares on his Twitter page and expressed his appreciation and support for the company and its CEO Steve MacMillan.

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Carl Icahn, the private equity investor and CEO of Icahn Capital LP, is indubitably one of the greatest investors in the history. Icahn Capital LP is a diversified holding company that engages in a wide range of business segments. However, our main focus remains on Carl Icahn’s hedge fund, Icahn Partners, founded in late 2004. Carl Icahn founded his hedge fund with the purpose of leveraging his investment philosophy and has been successful in doing so thus far. By mid-2007, the fund generated a gross annual compounded return of 40%, which yielded an annualized return of 28% net-of-fees for investors. Expectedly, Carl Icahn’s hedge fund, like the majority of hedge funds in the industry, reported a loss in the financial crisis of 2008, but managed to get back on track in the subsequent years. Nevertheless, at the beginning of 2011 Carl Icahn announced his decision to return the money to all his limited partners after re-evaluating his stance on managing other people’s wealth. The latest 13F filing disclosed that the equity portfolio managed by Carl Icahn is worth at $32.05 billion, while his top ten holdings account for 90.09% of the entire portfolio.

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Hologic Inc. (NASDAQ:HOLX) is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of diagnostic products, medical imaging systems and surgical products. Its core business focuses on diagnostics, breast health, GYN surgical, and skeletal health. The shares of Hologic are currently trading at an all-time high, skyrocketing by over 54% since the beginning of the current year, and Carl Icahn has definitely played an important role in the company’s exceptional performance.