Two Reputable Hedge Funds Boosted Stakes in These Struggling Companies

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The recent stock market pullback has definitely pushed companies’ valuations into cheap territory, so hedge funds and other money managers have been busy amassing “cheap” equities. In the following article we will take a thorough look at the moves made by two reputable investment firms monitored by Insider Monkey. In a recently-amended 13D filing, Neal C. Bradsher’s Broadwood Capital has disclosed adding 499,980 shares, acquired at a weighted average price of $7.12, to its position in STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA) that is now comprised of 8.62 million shares. The freshly-updated stake accounts for 21.6% of the company’s outstanding stock. At the same time, Coliseum Capital, founded by Christopher Shackelton and Adam Gray, reported purchasing 250,214 shares of Accuride Corporation (NYSE:ACW) at a weighted average price of $2.66 via a Form 4 filing with the SEC. Following the recent transactions, Coliseum Capital owns 7.40 million shares or 15.44% of the company’s outstanding common stock.

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Broadwood Capital is a New York-based private investment firm established by Neal C. Bradsher back in 2002. The money manager had worked as a Portfolio Manager at Whitehall Asset Management and Campbell Advisors prior to starting his own shop. As stated by its most recent 13F filing with the SEC, Broadwood Capital manages an equity portfolio with a market value of $587.24 million as of June 30. A little more than a week ago, the investment firm disclosed boosting its stake in BioTime Inc. (NYSEMKT:BTX) to 20.26 million shares (read more details).

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We will now turn our focus to STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA), a manufacturer of implantable lenses and delivery systems for the eye. Broadwood Capital believes that the management team of STAAR has improved lately, according to the amended 13D filing. However, the investment firm also suggested that the interests of the company’s Board of Directors are not fully aligned with the shareholders’ interests. At the same time, Broadwood Capital seems to be pleased with the two recently-appointed directors, but the investor reckons that there is still more room for improvement. Let us remind you that William P. Wall, former General Counsel of investment firm Abrams Capital, was appointed to STAAR Surgical’s Board of Directors earlier this month. The shares of STAAR have been on a decline since late-June, partly owing to the weak financial results of the company in the second quarter. The company reported net sales of $18.7 million, which were down 7% year-over-year. Even so, STAAR managed to tighten its loss to $1.6 million from $1.8 million reported in the same quarter a year ago. Aside from Broadwood Capital, William Leland Edwards’ Palo Alto Investors is also bullish on STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ:STAA), owning 2.64 million shares as of June 30.

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