Reprieve for fund star Richard Buxton as Boohoo shares bounce back almost 30% after a three-day rout from supplier scandal
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Shares in Boohoo bounced back almost 30 per cent following a three-day rout that wiped more than £2billion off its value.
Shares were up a further 3.1 per cent in early trading today at 294.95p.
The rally will come as a relief to the online fashion group’s founders – who lost £433million in the sell-off – and many investors with cash tied up in the business.
This includes individual shareholders and savers with money in funds that hold the stock as well as star fund manager Richard Buxton.
He is head of UK equities at Merian, which is owned by Jupiter Asset Management, and holds big stakes in Boohoo across its funds.
Jupiter is the biggest independent shareholder with a 10 per cent stake held mostly through Merian, which it bought this year.
Four Merian funds – UK Smaller Companies, UK Smaller Companies Focus, UK Mid Cap, and UK Dynamic Equity – have sizeable amounts of savers’ cash in Boohoo shares.
Boohoo shares had been flying high after the coronavirus crash but have tumbled this week allegations some clothes were made in sweatshops
Boohoo has been rocked by allegations that some of its clothes were being made in sweatshops that were paying staff as little as £3.50 an hour.
The scandal sent shares plunging 42 per cent in just three days at the start of this week – costing founders Carol Kane and the Kamani family a total of £433million.
But the stock jumped 27.4 per cent, or 61.6p, to 286.1p yesterday.
Together, all four Merian funds, which own a chunk of Boohoo, manage £4.5billion of savers’ money.
But the managers have not been deterred by the sweatshop scandal, as regulatory filings over the last few days show at least one of them has been snapping up shares.
Jupiter’s stake in Boohoo has climbed from 9.82 per cent to 10.32 per cent since the scandal hit, as it buys shares on the cheap.