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Today’s gem is this 8-minute video of Carl Icahn explaining a story in which he fired 12 floors of employees at a company he acquired. The business is a railcar manufacturer called ACF, a business he’s owned for 31+ years (and still owns today).
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Icahn is a walking/talking gem. Excellent storyteller, and genuinely funny. I promise you, the video is worth the 8-minute watch for entertainment purposes alone.
At Atlasview Equity, we come across businesses with bloated staff all the time. It’s quite common in the software/technology world. This should be no surprise to anyone given the mass layoffs happening everywhere in the tech industry.
Despite how easy Icahn makes it sound, firing a lot of people is a difficult task fraught with all sorts of risks and costs. For Atlasview to acquire a business that requires a large layoff, we’d have to be heavily compensated for taking on these risks/costs (aka a large price reduction on the business). But at the right price, it can present an attractive opportunity and drive a great ROI for investors.
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P.s. I’ve previously featured Icahn and a board meeting situation in a prior issue.