Sahm Adrangi and Kerrisdale Capital claim that St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) is stuck in the swamp according to its recent report. St. Joe is a real estate development organization that has its central office near Panama City Beach on Florida. The company is valued at $1 billion which Adrangi claims it is too high of a valuation. Kerrisdale capital came up with a 28-page comprehensive report about St. Joe. In the report, Adrangi argues that the company is real value is 40% less the current stated amount. He gave many reasons behind his significantly low value of St. Joe stating that the company has overvalued land holdings. Moreover, Adrangi claims that the company has issues with its largest shareholder as well as stalled commercial development in the location.
St. Joe’s main agenda was to develop a planned ideal place for commercial business including a place for retirees in the Panama City Beach area. The company used a lot of money to purchase a big piece of land and has started developing and monetizing its beach properties. However, there are some of the places on the piece of land that has remained isolated with nothing going on and are not anywhere close to the beach.
According to the report that Sahm Adrangi produced, it shows that there has been minimal progress on the project since it began in the last ten years. He claims that the project that St. Joe had planned is highly publicized and the efforts required to change the organization into its current value are entirely unrealistic.
In addition to this, Sahm Adrangi believes that the company is overvalued because its major shareholder, the Fairholme Fund might have to liquidate some of its shares of the company based on the new SEC rules. According to Adrangi, only few trading days remaining in 2018 and those will not allow Fairholme to sell its shares without affecting St. Joe share price.
There has not been much commercial development around the area of St. Joe and the few brick and mortar stores around are shutting down at a high rate. Sahm Adrangi is the Founder and CIO of Kerrisdale capital.