Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) is 9.6% in the red after the company announced that it plans to offer 5 million shares of its common stock in a secondary offering. The underwriters also have the choice to purchase 750,000 additional shares. Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) hopes to use the around $85 million in proceeds to redeem some of its preferred shares. Seaspan shares currently trade at 13.5 times forward earnings estimates and pay a 9.2% dividend yield. The stock was in the green year-to-date before today’s retreat. However, the stock’s decline will not affect the returns of most hedge funds’ returns, since Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW) was included in the equity portfolio of just four funds at the end of March. Nevertheless, during the first quarter, the number of funds with long positions in Seaspan (among the funds tracked by Insider Monkey) went up by two.
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With all of this in mind, we’re going to take a peek at the latest action encompassing Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW).
According to Insider Monkey’s hedge fund database, Jim Simons’ Renaissance Technologies has the biggest position in Seaspan Corporation (NYSE:SSW), worth close to $21.6 million, accounting for less than 0.1% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by PEAK6 Capital Management, led by Matthew Hulsizer, holding a $0.6 million ‘call’ position; less than 0.1% of its 13F portfolio is allocated to the company. Other peers with similar optimism comprise Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, David E. Shaw’s D E Shaw and Matthew Hulsizer’s PEAK6 Capital Management.
On the next page, we are going to take a look a the investors with new stakes in Seaspan Corporation. In addition, since the level and the change in hedge fund popularity aren’t the only variables you need to analyze to decipher hedge funds’ perspectives. A stock may witness a boost in popularity, but it may still be less popular than similarly priced stocks. That’s why we will examine companies such as Tumi Holdings Inc (NYSE:TUMI), Mine Safety Appliances (NYSE:MSA), and Sanmina Corp (NASDAQ:SANM) to gather more data points.