Sahm Adrangi is a New York City-based hedge fund manager. His hedge fund is called Kerrisdale Capital Management and he has two main ways of investing. The first way is by investing in quality companies for the long term. The second way his hedge fund makes money is by taking short positions in companies that he and his team of analysts see as over-valued by investors. After taking a short position he will go public with his company’s research showing why the business is being over-valued and follows this up with a teleconference that anyone can dial into. When a company’s stock declines in value that he took a short position in then his hedge fund profits.
He has shorted the stock of a number of American companies in 2018. Sahm Adrangi has shorted Quinstreet, Proteostasis, and some other firms. One of the big ones he shorted was the St. Joe Company, a business that builds master-planned communities in the state of Florida. One of their biggest properties is the issue that Sahm Adrangi sees with this company. He says that due to this property the St. Joe Company is mired in a swamp, both figuratively and literally.
While going over the St. Joe Company’s assets, the team at Kerrisdale Capital Management saw that this property is in the middle of a remote swamp in Southern Florida. The management of St. Joe somehow believes that they will build a master-planned community here against all the odds. Sahm Adrangi says that no one in their right mind would want to live there or open a retail store in the middle of a swamp, let alone one that is far away from any other cities.
He also has an issue with St. Joe’s cash flow. Sahm Adrangi says that they are not earning much from their current portfolio of properties. He says that the situation had gotten so dire that they are actually earning more off the junk bonds they own than what they are bringing in from their properties. Between this and their unattractive properties, he says that St. Joe company is really overvalued for what is actually is.