Exclusive: 'RIM is Not on Our Radar,' says Carl Icahn
Carl Icahn is famed for his ability to spot opportunity. And on Monday he told Fast Money exclusively that RIM does not have his attention.
As you might remember, in September shares of the BlackBerry Maker jumped on market rumors that Icahn had set his sights on the company.
At the time Street chatter suggested that Icahn was looking to take a stake (or even had established a stake) and investors jumped on the name, hoping that if anyone could unlock shareholder value, it was the famed billionaire.
But Icahn isnt about to unlock anything. Icahn tells Fast Money that RIM “is not on our radar.”
Even though the stock is down well over 50%, the tone of our conversation suggests that Icahn doesn’t see shareholder value – despite the sharp decline
”All I can tell you is that these rumors get out and we don’t dignify them.”
As far as we know, this was the first time Icahn refuted the RIM speculation, so widely reported.
But that doesn’t mean Icahn doesn’t see value elsewhere in the market. He also talked with us about two stocks that he currently holds El Paso and Navistar.
Earlier in the month, Icahn revealed a large stake in Navistar. In a regulatory filing Icahn said he acquired almost 10% of shares on "the belief that the shares were undervalued at current levels."
However, Goldman Sachs sees the company a little differently. On Monday the firm downgraded Navistar to ‘Sell’ due to an expected downturn in US military vehicle demand.
Icahn tells us the military contracts aren’t all that important to them.
And Icahn believes that so many companies have put off buying trucks that fleets are aging. "They can't keep trucks for much longer than 7 or 8 years," he says. "When I look ahead a few years for Navistar I see good things."
As the company's largest individual shareholder Carl Icahn certainly found a winner in El Paso.
On Monday Kinder Morgan announced plans to take over El Paso for $21 billion – a 37% premium to Friday’s close.
The combined El Paso and Kinder Morgan would own about 80,000 miles of pipe stretching from coast to coast, and could demand higher transport fees from oil and gas producers, which could then raise the prices that power companies and other end users pay for gas.
”We like the deal,” Icahn tells us in a live interview. “It’s a win win. These pipeline haven’t really been appreciated and the synergy makes a great deal of sense.”
The deal derails El Paso's plan, announced in May, to split into two publicly traded companies, which would have separated its exploration and production business from its pipeline operations. Kinder Morgan said it plans to sell El Paso's exploration and production assets.
It was not immediately clear how regulators would view the deal. Kinder Morgan said it expected the deal to close in early 2012.
"I think it goes through," Icahn says. And even if it doesn't, he also says, "I really think El Paso is undervalued anyway."
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