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Ryan Cohen Sells Mattress Bathtub & Past Stake, Inventory Plunges 42%




Shares of Mattress Bathtub & Past (BBBY) are down 42% on information that activist investor Ryan Cohen
has offered his complete stake within the retailer.

In keeping with a securities submitting Cohen’s firm RC Ventures dumped all of the inventory it owned in
Mattress Bathtub & Past at costs ranging between $18.68 U.S. and $29.22 U.S. per share. Cohen’s
agency additionally offered its name choices in Mattress, Bathtub & Past inventory.

The after hours decline of 42% provides to a lack of almost 20% in yesterday’s buying and selling session
(August 18).

Cohen, who’s the chairman of meme inventory GameStop (GME), bought greater than seven
million shares and name choices on Mattress Bathtub & Past inventory earlier this 12 months.

Mattress, Bathtub & Past subsequently added board members of Cohen’s selecting and pushed out
the corporate’s former chief govt officer (CEO).

Cohen initially bought his shares of Mattress Bathtub & Past at a median worth of $15.34
U.S. per share. He due to this fact made almost $60 million, earlier than brokerage charges, on his sale this
week of Mattress Bathtub & Past widespread inventory.

Shares of Mattress Bathtub & Past rocketed larger in current days due, largely, to information that
Cohen had taken out name choices on the inventory with strike costs between $60 and $80,
indicating he anticipated the share worth to rise in coming months.

Shares had been up greater than 200% in August earlier than they plummeted over the previous two days. Mattress
Bathtub & Past inventory has seen excessive buying and selling quantity this month and turn into the dominant subject
of dialog on Reddit’s WallStreetBets chat discussion board.

Cohen’s stake in Mattress, Bathtub & Past was curious on condition that the retailer is struggling financially.
In June, the corporate reported that its first-quarter internet gross sales had been down 25% from a 12 months in the past,
leading to a internet lack of $358 million U.S.

Some analysts and retail buyers on WallStreetBets have accused Cohen of executing a
pump-and-dump scheme on Mattress, Bathtub & Past’s inventory.

Earlier than at present’s downturn, Mattress, Bathtub & Past’s inventory was up 22% this 12 months and buying and selling at
$18.55 U.S. per share.

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