Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) has announced that it will nominate three additional Carl Icahn nominees to its board when the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting takes place on April 29. Currently, Carl Icahn’s hedge fund Icahn Enterprises LP (IEP) is the largest shareholder in the company. He has a 16.8% stake in Herbalife as he owns 17 million shares of the nutritional product company through his hedge fund.
After numerous false starts and months of hollow hopes for the stakeholders of beleaguered gas producer Chesapeake Energy, including an activist stake built up by none other than Carl Icahn which was the source of much transitory joy, various notional reducing debt exchanges, and speculation of asset sales, the time is coming when the inevitable debt-for-equity restructuring, one which could wipe away most or all of the existing $2.6 billion equity tranche (down from $11 billion a year ago) is on the table.
Back in January, the panic surrounding the energy space and specifically the collapse in industry cash flows as a result of the collapse in oil prices, peaked when one after another company announced they would halt dividend payments and all other distributions to shareholders to conserve cash, culminating with the dramatic announcement on January 30 when one of the giants in the space, energy major Chevron, suspended its stock buybacks.
Remember when the commodity and gas plunge was supposed to be an "unambiguously good" tailwind for discretionary US spending, something which we warned over and over would never happen as the Obamacare "mandatory tax" surge pricing for healthcare insurance more than offset and discretionary savings?
By Hype Zero:Chesapeake Energy Corporation (CHK), the embattled U.S. oil and natural gas producer, has had a tough year. It has lost more than 30% of its market value due to historic low natural gas prices and Aubrey McClendon's potential conflict of interest between his role as CEO/Chairman and his personal stake in some of its assets.