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Starboard Value Builds 6.5% Stake in GoDaddy Sending Shares up 8%

Activist investor Starboard Value has taken a 6.5% stake in GoDaddy, sparking a rally in stock of the web services company. The hedge fund bought more than 10,000 shares of GoDaddy, worth about $800 million, according to a regulatory filing. The new stake became the biggest holding for.

Shares of GoDaddy jumped more than 8% on the news Monday. The stock is flat on the year even as the company has experienced a surge in online traffic amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The Wall Street Journal first reported Starboard stake.

Starboard Value and GoDaddy did not immediately respond to CNBC’s requests for comment.Value’s CEO, Jeff Smith, has been a prolific activist investor even during the pandemic as he pushed for changes in companies across the veterinary, chemicals and health-care industries.

Starboard Value manages about $6.2 billion in assets, according to filings through the first quarter of 2020. Smith spun the New York-based hedge fund out of investment firm Ramius in 2011.Starboard Value and GoDaddy did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment

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