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Is Starboard Value Getting What It Wanted From Symantec Corp (NASDAQ:SYMC)

Last month activist hedge fund Starboard Value disclosed a 5.8% stake in Symantec Corp (NASDAQ:SYMC). It paid around $20 per share for 36 million shares of the company. Yesterday we learned that Starboard’s 3 nominees will join anti-virus software maker’s board. The stock is up more than 4% today, but this means Starboard is making only very small gains from its $700 million investment.

We analyzed the historical performance of Starboard Value’s 13F stock picks. Symantec Corp (NASDAQ:SYMC) is a mid-cap stock with a market capitalization of nearly $13 billion. Starboard Value’s mid-cap stock picks performed horribly since 2011. Starboard Value’s mid-cap stocks lost  an average of 6.5% per year between 2011 and 2017. S&P 500 Index generated an average annual return of more than 12% per year during the same period.

Jeff Smith

We don’t think it is a good idea to imitate Starboard and buy Symantec. Don’t get us wrong. Starboard Value isn’t good at picking mid-cap stocks but it is good at picking other kinds of stocks (email us if you’d like to find out Starboard Value’s best stock picks).

We shared the details of Starboard’s 13D filing regarding Symantec Corp below:

Ownership Summary Table

Name Sole Voting Power Shared Voting Power Sole Dispositive Power Shared Dispositive Power Aggregate Amount Owned Power Percent of Class
STARBOARD VALUE 36,000,796 36,000,796 36,000,796 36,000,796 5.8%
STARBOARD VALUE AND OPPORTUNITY MASTER FUND LTD 12,993,328 12,993,328 36,000,796 12,993,328 2.1%
STARBOARD VALUE AND OPPORTUNITY S 1,689,748 1,689,748 36,000,796 1,689,748 Less than 1%
STARBOARD VALUE AND OPPORTUNITY C 967,113 967,113 5,534 967,113 Less than 1%
STARBOARD VALUE R 967,113 967,113 967,113 Less than 1%
STARBOARD VALUE R GP 967,113 967,113 967,113 Less than 1%
STARBOARD LEADERS TANGO 1,198,198 1,198,198 1,198,198 Less than 1%
STARBOARD LEADERS FUND 1,198,198 1,198,198 1,198,198 Less than 1%
STARBOARD LEADERS SELECT VI 1,604,333 1,604,333 1,604,333 Less than 1%
STARBOARD LEADERS SELECT VI GP 1,604,333 1,604,333 1,604,333 Less than 1%
STARBOARD VALUE A 2,802,531 2,802,531 2,802,531 Less than 1%
STARBOARD VALUE A GP 2,802,531 2,802,531 2,802,531 Less than 1%
STARBOARD VALUE GP 36,000,796 36,000,796 36,000,796 5.8%
STARBOARD PRINCIPAL CO 36,000,796 36,000,796 36,000,796 5.8%
STARBOARD PRINCIPAL CO GP 36,000,796 36,000,796 36,000,796 5.8%
JEFFREY C. SMITH 750 750 36,000,796 5.8%
MARK R. MITCHELL 14,200 14,200 36,000,796 5.8%
PETER A. FELD 75,000 75,000 36,000,796 5.8%
NORA M. DENZEL 750 Less than 1%
DALE L. FULLER 14,200 Less than 1%
RICHARD S. HILL 75,000 Less than 1%
MICHAEL G. STRACHAN 5,534 Less than 1%
Jeffrey Smith
Jeffrey Smith
Starboard Value LP

Page 1 of 27 – SEC Filing

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE
COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13D

(Rule 13d-101)

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED
IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT

TO § 240.13d-1(a)
AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED PURSUANT TO

§ 240.13d-2(a)

(Amendment No. 1)1

Symantec Corporation

(Name
of Issuer)

Common Stock,
$0.01 par value per share

(Title of Class of Securities)

871503108

(CUSIP Number)

JEFFREY
C. SMITH

STARBOARD
VALUE LP

777 Third Avenue, 18th Floor

New York, New York 10017

(212) 845-7977

STEVE WOLOSKY, ESQ.

ANDREW FREEDMAN, ESQ.

OLSHAN FROME WOLOSKY LLP

1325 Avenue of the Americas

New York, New York 10019

(212) 451-2300

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person

Authorized to Receive Notices
and Communications)

September 16, 2018

(Date of Event Which Requires
Filing of This Statement)

If
the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule
13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§ 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following
box
¨.

Note:  Schedules
filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits.  See
§ 240.13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

1
The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to
the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided
in a prior cover page.

The information required
on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject
to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

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