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Pirate Capital (Activist Funds) - Equities Activist

2007-09-11

Count of distinct funds: 2
Capital base: $150 million
Loss: ?

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stories: bloomberg.com, bloomberg.com

(This is a retroactive addition on October 2, 2007). Not much more to say than the key portion of the Sept 11. Bloomberg article above:

Pirate Capital LLC, the hedge-fund manager run by Thomas Hudson, barred withdrawals from its two Jolly Roger Activist funds after the firm's assets declined by almost 80 percent in the past year.

Pirate designated the four stocks held by the funds as ``special investments,'' meaning that clients won't be able to get money back until they are sold, according to an Aug. 31 letter to investors.

As the article points out, Pirate's assets under management have fallen from about $1.8 billion at the peak a year ago, to about $375 million now. The activist funds have fallen from about $150 million to less than $100 million. The Sept. 13 Bloomberg article points out that the declines in the activist funds had been in the 17-19% range, year to date through July. Interestingly, with the exception of Aquila, all of the main activist stocks are lower since that time. So it appears the withdrawal suspensions have not done much (yet?).

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