Mark Cuban, the famous investor and television personality, is still dedicated to his investment in Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDIB). In a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cuban has reiterated his stake in the company: 207,611 Class B shares or 13.1% of the total Class B voting common stock. According to the same filing, Mr. Cuban also holds 72,164 class A nonvoting shares.
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A host of top hedge funds we track are also invested in Reading International, Inc. (NASDAQ:RDI), with Jim Simons‘ Renaissance Technologies holding the largest position: 629,100 shares, up by 24% during the first quarter of 2015. Whitney Tilson, the manager of T2 Partners, is also bullish on the stock, owning 371,106 shares as of the end of June.
The company is currently undergoing a change in management and is searching for a new Chief Executive Office (CEO). On June 15, Reading International’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Ellen M. Cotter as interim President and CEO, who had previously served as the senior operating officer of domestic operations. The company’s previous CEO, James J. Cotter, Sr., passed away in October 2014.