Tiger Global First To File On Etsy Inc (ETSY) Post-IPO, Still Bullish

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Billionaire Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management is still bullish on Etsy Inc (NASDAQ:ETSY), taking advantage of the recently-listed company’s post-IPO swoon to snatch up more shares of the online marketplace. According to a 13G filing from Coleman’s investment firm today, it now owns an even 10.0 million shares of the company, equal to 8.9% of its outstanding common stock. The billionaire’s firm is the first to make such a filing with the SEC concerning Etsy since that company’s IPO in the middle of April.

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Tiger Global Management was founded by Coleman in 2001 with $25 million in seed money from legendary investor Julian Robertson, with whom Coleman had worked under at Tiger Management. Today, the firm boasts $35 billion in assets under management and disclosed a public equity portfolio valued at $9.12 billion in its most recent 13F filing. The head of that public equity investing, Feroz Dewan, is leaving the firm some time this month to start his own investing firm according to Coleman in a recent letter to investors. The departure of Dewan has perhaps prompted Tiger Global Management to merge its two long-only funds, which it will do in July.

The firm’s interest in Etsy Inc (NASDAQ:ETSY) is not new. According to the company’s amended Form S-1 filing just before its IPO, entities affiliated with Tiger Global Management held just under 7.12 million shares, a 7.3% stake in the company at that time, which would dip to 6.4% following the initial public offering. That IPO was a roaring success at first, with shares jumping by 88% on day one to close at $30 from the initial offering price of $16, and hitting a high of $35.74 at one point on IPO day. However it’s been all downhill since then; Etsy has lost more than 50% since its day one close, and fallen 7% below its shares’ $16 initial offering price.

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