Connect with us


Activist investor Elliott gains seat at Etsy, has 13% economic stake in company



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A sign advertising the online seller Etsy Inc. is seen outside the Nasdaq market site in Times Square following Etsy’s initial public offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq in New York April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo

(Reuters) – Elliott Investment Management reached a settlement with online market place Etsy (NASDAQ:) that hands a board seat to the activist investment firm, the two sides said on Thursday.

Elliott, one of the world’s most prominent investors, has a 13% economic stake, including both common shares and swaps, a person familiar with the matter said, declining to be named because the discussions are private. That makes Elliott the biggest investor in Etsy.

Etsy shares, which have tumbled from their 2021 high of $294, traded up 10% early on Thursday to exchange hands at $73.08 per share.

Elliott portfolio manager Marc Steinberg, who specializes in technology, media and telecommunications investments at the company, will join the Etsy board on Feb. 5. With Steinberg, the board now has 10 members, nine of whom are independent.

“We became a sizable investor in Etsy and I am joining its board because I believe there is an opportunity for significant value creation,” Steinberg said in a statement.

Elliott declined to comment beyond the statement and Etsy did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.

Steinberg joined the board of image sharing and social media service company Pinterest (NYSE:) in December 2022. The stock price of the company has surged 100% since Elliott invested in July 2022.

Negotiations between Etsy and Elliott were described as cooperative and the hedge fund did not enter into any arrangement or understanding with Etsy that would require a regulatory filing to be made, the person said.

Read the full article here