Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Carl Icahn - Netflix 'Tomb Raider' or Savior?

Unlike past proxy battles, Icahn’s $168.9 million invested in Netflix (NFLX-$79.60) is a highly leveraged bet. He controls his stake principally through in-the-money call options: Of 4.7 million shares “bought” in the past 60 days, almost 4.3 million (90%) were two-year call options (at $36.05 a share) purchased at premiums ranging from $18.94 to $24.78 per contract, which expire on September 4, 2014.
If Icahn is serious about turning Netflix’s performance around, he’ll have to spend millions more to convert his “beneficially”-owned stake into actual ownership.
Editor David J Phillips does not hold a financial interest in any stocks mentioned in this article. The 10Q Detective has a Full Disclosure Policy.

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