ValueAct discloses $1 billion stake in Nintendo (NTDOY) stock

Nintendo hit a 52 week high in US trading this afternoon on news of ValueAct taking a massive $1 billion stake in the Big N.

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Nintendo shares popped nearly 5% in afternoon trading as the news broke that ValueAct has taken a stake valued at over $1 billion in the company.

Nintendo shares popped nearly 5% in afternoon trading.
Nintendo shares popped nearly 5% in afternoon trading.

In a letter obtained by Reuters, ValueAct Capital Partners LP disclosed to their investors that they have built a massive stake in Nintendo shares valued over $1.1 billion. The firm began buying shares in April 2019 and recently added to the position as the global stock market crash intensified over the past few months of the COVID-19 pandemic. ValueAct is based in San Francisco, but they have had several meetings with Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa and believe in the company's vision. 

ValueAct highlighted Nintendo's ongoing transition to digital distribution of software and new entertainment products as two key catalysts for future growth. The firm has had partners sit on the boards of Microsoft and Adobe, and believes they may be able to offer some relevant guidance to the Big N as they explore new ways to monetize their intellectual property beyond video games.

I alerted Shacknews readers to a technical buy signal on Nintendo's stock chart just six days ago, and here we are with some actual good news. Nintendo appears to have broken out of a long-term range and could be headed higher. Nintendo can't keep Switch or Switch Lite on the shelves as everyone does their part to flatten the curve by staying home. It appears that Wall Street is finally getting wise to just how valuable Nintendo could be in a few years. 

The overall stock market is down today on continued fears surrounding collapsing oil prices that reached negative territory just yesterday. We'll have to tune in tomorrow to see just how brrrrrrr the money printer will go. These are truly fascinating times to be alive.


Full Disclosure:

At the time of this article, Asif A. Khan, his family members, and his company Virtue LLC had the following positions:

Long Nintendo via NTDOY ADR

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Asif Khan is the CEO and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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