A Small-Cap With an Activist Spark

One of my favorite places to screen for stock ideas is the 13D filings snapshot found every week in Barron's. This past week, I came across an activist opportunity that was quite intriguing because of the way the activist has presented its case.

The company is FairPoint Communications (FRP), a regional provider of telephone and Internet service in New England. The current share price is $8.10, for a market cap of $213 million. Maglan Capital owns 9% of FairPoint. It has recommended to the board that FairPoint initiate the "immediate commencement" of a $1.50 annual dividend, a review of the sale process for FairPoint's telecom division and a review of the company's cost-reduction strategy....308 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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