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(B)(N) HLF Herbalife Limited

January 10, 2013

Drama. Herbalife Limited has come out swinging to defend its business model against allegations made by the opportunistic hedge fund managers at Pershing Square Capital Management and earlier, in May, by Greenlight Capital Management (The Associated Press, January 10, 2013, Herbalife defends itself against claims made by hedge fund manager Ackman about its business) both of whom have graced our Posts in earlier instances of variations on the theme of greenmail and, less charitably, blackmail (please see our Posts, (B)(N) CNR Canadian National Railway Company, December 2012 and (B)(N) YHOO Yahoo! Incorporated, November 2012).

We have, of course, often chuckled (with reservations) at the presumptions of hedge funds and hedge fund managers (most recently, please see our Post, Hedge Funds Bushwhacked By Volatility, November 2012) and the issue for us is not laughter but defence – how do we protect our investments and our money against the suddenly noisy ravings of the fiscally malnourished lunatic fringe that keeps stepping up to the plate, so to speak.

Herbalife has been in our Perpetual Bond™ since $10 in 2009 and our usual protective put (please see almost any of these (B)(N) posts) saved us from a Greenlight at $70 to $40 in May (please see Exhibit 1 below). The current Risk Price (SF) is $52 and the second feeding by Pershing Capital has apparently influenced the stock price to a significant discount as low as $24 in December to close today at $39.

Fortunately, we missed all of that but the privately owned hedge fund, Third Point LLC, recently purchased 8.9 million shares and an 8.2 per cent stake in the company that they might have picked up for between $200 million and $300 million at those prices (Bloomberg News, January 10, 2013, Loeb’s Third Point Takes 8.2% Stake in Herbalife). Nor are they alone in rejecting the allegations of Pershing Square Capital Management whose “short” position of allegedly 20 million shares is now merely “stunted” and the subject of an SEC inquiry.

Exhibit 1: (B)(N) HLF Herbalife Limited – Risk Price Chart

(B)(N) HLF Herbalife Limited

Herbalife Limited is a global marketing company that sells weight management, nutritional supplement, energy, sports and fitness products and personal care products.

(Please Click on the Chart to make it larger if required.)

From Herbalife:

We are a global nutrition company that has helped people pursue a healthy, active life since 1980. Our nutrition, weight-management and personal care products are available exclusively through dedicated independent Distributors in more than 80 countries.

We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including the LA Galaxy and FC Barcelona soccer clubs, as well as champions in more than 15 other sports.

Our Mission is to change people’s lives by providing the best business opportunity in direct selling and the best nutrition and weight-management products in the world.


We are The RiskWerk Company and care not a jot for mutual funds, hedge funds, “alternative investments”, the “risk/reward equation” and every other unprovable artifact of investment lore. We have just one product

The Perpetual Bond™
“Alpha-smart with 100% Capital Safety and 100% Liquidity”
With No Fees and No Loads on Capital

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