Dallas, Texas 08/29/2013 (Financialstrend) – Activist hedge fund manager Bill Ackman’s plan to reshape J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) has hit another snag: He’s selling.
Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management on Monday revealed that it’s making plans to sell its 39.1 million scrips of the retail merchant, terminating the hedge fund’s attempts to create money-spinning transformation at the chain. The sale was revealed in an offering note lodged with SEC.
The sale ends a contentious relationship between Ackman and J.C. Penney as the department-store retailer attempted to reconstruct itself in a globe dominated by more voguish brands and specialty clothing retail merchants.
Attempts thus far, comprising the employing of ex Apple retail chief Ron Johnson, have largely failed as consumers were switched off by the company’s alterations, particularly the dramatic fall of sale facts.
Scrip of the company lost 18 cents, or 1.4 per cent, in very heavy trading to mark its closure (Tuesday) at $13.17, adding to the 1.1 per cent decline on Monday. The scrip is down by a third during the existing year (2013).
A declaration from Pershing early Tuesday stated that the fund was providing the scrips for sale at around $12.90. Based on that value, Ackman would shed around $470 million in the sale.
Hedge fund interest remains high
In spite of the exit of Ackman, there are still a few major hedge funds involved at J.C. Penney Company, though many of them purchased at a much lower value or are staying away from scrip in the firm altogether. Kyle Bass has made investment in the firm’s debt, as per most recent reports. That bet indicates that he’s insulated from the declines in the firm scrip, but still gambling on its continued existence.
Ackman attempted to take a fairly valuable J.C. Penney Company, Inc., which was shedding biz and alter it into completely different firm.