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Activist investor capitulation at Rolls-Royce: smart or bonkers?

By Chris Bailey | Friday 7 August 2020

Disclosure: I own shares in one or more of the stocks mentioned. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Last month I observed that investors in aerospace engines and military supplier Rolls-Royce (RR.) should ‘gird your loins to be tapped for an additional contribution to the coffers’ and noted there would be a lot of homework analysis for investors to be undertaking in late August when the next set of numbers is set to be declared. Well it seems that West Coast activist investor ValueAct does not have the patience to wait as it has dumped its entire holding to crystalise a massive loss. Activist investing is not always a one-way route to profitability…

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