Sahm Adrangi Defies Gravity and Shorts A Single Stock

It is common for hedge fund managers to raise funds to focus on a defined investment plan like residential mortgage-based securities or distressed energy firms. However, Sahm Adrangi has taken a completely different route and has raised 100 million dollars from investors to bet against a stock of a particular company. This new co-investment fund at Kerrisdale is the first of its kind.

In an email to investors Adrangi wrote that the amount of capital raised in such a short timeframe was meaningful and it showed that they had made an impression within the community alternatives. He added that the company they have taken was worth 10 billion dollars and they are going to strive to get people to understand the views they have about it. Mr. Adrangi and Shane Wilson, an analyst at Kerrisdale are working on a video, website, and a report to convince people of their thesis.

Background information

Sahm Adrangi is the Chief Investment Officer of Kerrisdale Capital Management. He founded the company in 2009 with under 1 million dollars. Currently, he boasts of managing 150 million dollars. He is known for publishing research on stocks. The analysis is found on Kerrisdale website and Twitter. Apart from publishing research, he has taken a role in some investments such as the Lindsay Corporation. He has also been a speaker at various conferences, including the Value Investing Conference, the Activist Investor Conference, and the Distressed Debt investing Conference.

Sahm Adrangi pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Yale University. He has worked for several firms before founding Kerrisdale Capital Management. He served as an investment analyst at Longacre Fund Management. His role at the company was to conduct investment research and analysis for the equity and credit fund.

He also worked at Deutsche Bank and later at Chanin Capital Partners. His function at Deutsche Bank was to syndicate and structure high yield bonds, non-investment grade bank debt, debt refinancing, exit financings, and leveraged buy-out financings. At Chanin, he represented preferred equity committees, bondholder committees, debt holders, and creditors of bankrupt companies. He also advised creditors in bankruptcy restructurings.