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William Ackman says Fannie, Freddie Mac could be Ten Bagger

Monday, February 24, 2014

Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:

Activist investor William Ackman is confident that his big gamble on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will deliver him huge returns.

A report by The Journal said Ackman believes the common shares of Fannie and Freddie could be worth more than 10 times their current value over the next several years. Ten bagger is an investment term coined by Peter Lynch in his book "One Up On Wall Street" and refers to an investment worth ten times its original purchase price.

Ackman is placing his confidence on the belief the U.S. Supreme Court would provide the legal victory for shareholders of the mortgage-finance giants in their lawsuits against the U.S. Fed’s bailout agreement with the two firms.

People close to Ackman said the hedge fund manager believes the High Court would side with the shareholders if the suit reaches the court. If the shareholders win their case, the common shares of Freddie and Fannie will be worth more than 10 to 15 times their current value, Ackman reportedly told the people who heard Ackman’s recent remarks.

In November last year, Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital Management LP bought a 9.98% stake in the common shares of Fannie Mae that aren’t owned by the U.S. government, and ......................

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