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(B)(N) Hippo & Sloth LLC

August 18, 2014
Hippo & Sloth LLC

Hippo & Sloth LLC

Deal Book. Our “family office”, Hippo & Sloth LLC, has been trying to keep-up with Mr. Ackman and his hedge fund, Pershing Square Capital Management, but we’ve run into a cash flow problem.

We bought the short on Herbalife for $7 million and 200,000 shares at $35, but we’re now out-of-pocket for a similar amount because the shares were trading at $70-$80, for a while, and we dread the day that Herbalife might declare a dividend or a rights offering.

And we’re waiting for some “action” on our Allergan holdings, although we wonder how the acquirer, Valeant Pharmaceuticals, can turn-on the lights every day, let alone raise $40 billion to buy the company, which doesn’t want to be bought.

Fortunately, our investment in CP Canadian Pacific is way-up, but Mr. Ackman has been reducing his rather large holdings, to buy other things, although he seems to be happy with their management, now.

Mr. Ackman also thought that J.C.Penney was ripe for a turnaround at $15 and we’re out-of-pocket at $10 per share, right now, but what can we do? Maybe we should just sell the stock, too, or buy a “tie” to help them out (The Street, August 18, 2014, Sozzi: J.C. Penney’s Surprise).

The “family” thinks that an IPO is a good idea – we’re pretty close to the curb, but it is our middle-name, with two p’s (New York Times DealBook, August 13, 2014, Ackman’s Sales Pitch for His Hedge Fund, and His I.P.O.).

HatThey also thought that “dividend rights” was a good idea (Reuters, August 14, 2014, Pershing Square sues U.S. over Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac) but we convinced them that taking-up a collection at the office was a better one.

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