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.
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 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%|
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