Dan Loeb Goes Activist On Dow Chemical, Reveals DOW As Largest Position, Urges Spin Off Of Petrochem Business
In a letter posted moments ago on Hvst.com, activist Dan Loeb announced that currently the largest investment of his Third Point is Dow Chemical, where he proceeds to use the usual hack-attack "spin off" proposal , and urges Dow to sell its upstream and downstream Petrochemical businesses (as Dow Petchem Co), about which it says, "the benefits from a spin-off far outweigh the supposed integration benefits." The reason: "Dow shares have woefully underperformed over the last decade, generating a return of 46% compared to a 199% return for the S&P 500 Chemicals... in April 1999 an investor could have purchased Dow shares for the same price that they trade at today." Now imagine where those shares would trade without $10 trillion in liquidity pumped by the central banks. We wish Loeb all the best: recall that precisely this strategy did not quite work out with Sony. The good news: George Clooney will hardly give a rat's ass what Dan Loeb does with some obscure "chemical" company, and thus Loeb's invites to the Hollywood party circuit are secure.
Full letter below:
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