Ackman's Pershing Square Builds 8.8% Stake in Longs Drug Stores

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In a 13D filing on Longs Drug Stores (LDG), Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital hedge fund disclosed an 8.8% stake (3,137,659 shares) in the company and noted it has hired advisors and may meet with management or others regarding the business.

From the Filing:

Representatives of the Reporting Persons may in the future meet with management of the Issuer, other stockholders of the Issuer or other relevant parties to engage in discussions that may include matters relating to the strategy, business, assets, operations, capital structure and/or financial condition, governance, management, strategic plans of the Issuer, and future plans of the Issuer... The Reporting Persons have engaged advisors and may engage additional advisors.

Bill Ackman's Pershing Square hedge fund is a long/short equity fund with an activist bent. Ackman holds large positions in Target (NYSE:TGT) and Borders (BGP), among others. Ackman proved his acumen as a short seller in 2007/2008 as short positions he held in MBIA (NYSE:MBI) and Ambac (NYSE:ABT) proved to be big winners due to the credit crunch.