Hirzel Capital Management Further Trims Stake In Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (HA)

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Hirzel Capital Management, founded and managed by Zac Hirzel, has reduced its stake in Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:HA) by some 18% to 3.26 million shares, according to a recent 13D filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Following the decrease, Hirzel holds 5.9% of the company’s outstanding common stock. It’s not the first time when the Texas-based hedge fund trims its stake in Hawaiian Holdings in the last couple of months, as it also reported discarding 542,800 shares at the beginning of June. It’s also worth mentioning that Zac Hirzel has served as a member of the company’s board of directors since December 2013.

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Hirzel Capital Management is an activist hedge fund established by Zac Hirzel in 2008. The investor takes on a fundamental approach to investing by using both long and short strategies. Hirzel Capital Management’s equity portfolio is valued at around $1.03 billion and its holdings are diversified across the consumer discretionary, finance, energy, and transports sectors.

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Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:HA), through its subsidiary Hawaiian Airlines Inc., provides scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo services. The company provides transportation amongst the Hawaiian Islands, as well as between the Hawaiian Islands and several cities in the United States, South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Hawaiian Holdings’s stock has rebounded from the significant slump at the end of January and is currently trading flat year-to-date. Aside from Hirzel, another shareholder of Hawaiian is Joel Greenblatt’s Gotham Asset Management, which holds a $26.31 million stake, consisting of 1.01 million shares.

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