According to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Elliott Management Corporation, which is the management affiliate of the hedge fund Elliott Associates L.P. and Elliott International Limited, owns 7.1% of the common stock and equivalents of Citrix Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS). Collectively, Elliott and its funds own 5.47 million shares, including 4.0 million shares underlying currently exercisable options, constituting 3.4% of Citrix’s outstanding common stock. The collective also has economic exposure to an additional 3.7% of Citrix’s common shares. Additionally, activist investor Paul Singer, who is in charge of Elliott Management, sent a letter to Citrix’s board of directors claiming that the stock can achieve a price of $90 to $100 per share or more by the end of next year. According to Singer, this encouraging outcome can be achieved due to the fact that Citrix operates leading technology franchises in attractive markets, held back only by the company’s struggles to operate them efficiently throughout recent years.
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Elliott Management Corporation currently manages two multi-strategy hedge funds, Elliott Associates L.P. and Elliott International Limited. Its flagship fund Elliott Associates L.P. was founded by its current CEO, Paul Singer, in 1977 and is consequently one of the oldest hedge funds ever. Elliott Management employs an activist investing approach, regularly accumulating substantial stakes in underperforming companies and endeavoring to push for changes. The management company run by Paul Singer has its headquarters in New York, with other offices in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Paul Singer’s performance as a money manager is undoubtedly worthy of praise, with his firm delivering an annualized compounding return of 14.6% since the fund’s inception. According to its most recent 13F filing, Elliott Management Corporation manages a public equity portfolio worth $8.12 billion, while its largest stakes include a 17.80 million share position in Hess Corporation (NYSE:HES) valued at $1.21 billion and a 39.24 million share stake in Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) valued at $886.06 million.
Citrix Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is an American multinational software company that is leading the transition to the software-defined workplace (all-digital virtualized workspace) from traditional physical spaces. The company provides desktop virtualization, networking, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and cloud computing technologies that enable new ways for businesses and people to work more efficiently. The stock has increased by slightly more than 10% year-to-date and has skyrocketed by almost 7% since the opening hours of today’s trading session. Leaving aside the letter received by Citrix from Paul Singer, there are other positive news updates the company has been surrounded by lately. For instance, Citrix announced a few weeks ago that its leading networking solution called NetScaler is approved to operate on Mirantis OpenStack distribution. The newly approved certification of NetScaler is part of the Mirantis Unlocked partner program, which allows the two companies to cooperate and provide a wider portfolio of products. Having said that, the newly-announced cooperation will most probably unlock a new revenue stream for Citrix and will increase the availability of its services and products.