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Herbalife Ltd. Message Board

  • jkleaszr1 jkleaszr1 Feb 16, 2013 6:51 PM Flag

    I believe Icahn will want to take HLF private quickly.........

    It is my opinion that he doesn't want to leave this out there hanging due to the remote possibility the FTC gets involved and hampers any potential deals he may broker/push management into (regardless of what his retired FTC lawyer said about HLF's believed legitimacy). Because Carl went out immediately after his little 'on air' feud with Ackman and bought all those options (which he is turning into actual stock in 30 days, per Carl), we know this is very personal for Carl and his huge ego. He doesn't want to own this piece of garbage any longer than he has to turn a profit, but most importantly, force Ackman into another huge loss (losses, as I believe he is behind the JCP bond debt business also). As well, I have no doubt regardless of what he said on Friday that his goal with both plays is to have a run occur on Ackman's hedge fund business by his own clients for mis-managing funds and taking too huge of a risk with their money.

    Bill knows Johnson is probably very tired of all of these attacks on his company so he is more than ready to take this private. If needed, Carl may line up others to risk their capital to loan to HLF to allow them to do so. I believe before this happens, HLF may try to at least retire 10% or so of the company outstanding stock to help Icahn more easily run the share price up before the company releases the going private matter to the public.

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    • as to how quickly this time frame unfolds is anyone's guess. I hope the company announces on Wednesday's conference call (at 8am?) that it has secured an additional $500 million to buy back its own shares (bringing the total to $1.5 billion) and that it is 'in serious talks with several outside parties to take the company private. We should see a couple dollar share price increase easily by end of day Wednesday if Johnson can sell it.

      Sentiment: Hold

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