PayPal has announced that it is acquiring Xoom Corp (NASDAQ:XOOM), a San Francisco-based money transfer company for $890 million, or $25 per share. PayPal’s acquisition of Xoom Corp (NASDAQ:XOOM) comes just weeks before its expected spin-off from eBay. PayPal’s President Dan Schulman said that his company envisions international expansions to facilitate people around the world in international money transfers. Xoom’s presence in 37 countries will help PayPal in those plans. After the acquisition announcement, Xoom shares surged 25% in after-hours trading to $25.55, pushing Xoom Corp (NASDAQ:XOOM) up by 43.33% over the last three months. Most interestingly, investors are clearly betting on a better offer for Xoom coming along and a resultant bidding war between PayPal and the new entrant(s), judging by the shares pushing past PayPal’s offering rate. The company reported a loss of $1.3 million in the first quarter. However, Xoom Corp (NASDAQ:XOOM) reported $44.4 million in revenue for the quarter, beating the Zack Consensus Estimate of $43.9 million. Let’s have a detailed look at the current hedge funds sentiment and latest insider transactions for the money transfer company to get a more holistic and clear picture.
12 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Xoom by the end of the first quarter of 2015, whereas 13 hedge funds were bullish on the company three months prior, which shows a decrease of 8% in the hedge funds’ holdings in the company. The total value of hedge funds’ investment in Xoom was valued at $104 million on March 31, whereas the total ownership value was $169 million on December 31, which shows a large decrease in hedge funds’ ownership, even factoring in that shares dipped by 16% during the first quarter.
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Our experts take both hedge funds’ activity and insider transactions into account while making investment decisions regarding a company. As for the insider transactions for Xoom, John Kunze, CEO of Xoom, sold 18,750 shares of the company at $18.76 per share on May 19. He also sold 18,750 shares of the company at $17.84 on May 12. There were no insider purchases recorded for the company in 2015.
Let’s now have a detailed look at the hedge funds’ activity around Xoom.