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- A college student made a $110 million profit on Bed Bath & Beyond stock in August 2022.
- Jake Freeman’s fund revealed a 6.2% stake in the retailer in late July, then sold it weeks later.
- Bed Bath & Beyond, a meme stock, surged as high as $27 and ended the year below $3.
A 20-year-old college student pocketed an estimated $110 million profit by selling Bed Bath & Beyond shares in August 2022. He capitalized on the ailing home-wares retailer becoming a meme stock and skyrocketing in value within a matter of days.
Jake Freeman, the boss of Freeman Capital Management, revealed that he owned almost 5 million Bed Bath & Beyond shares, or 6.2% of the company, in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on July 21. He sold the entire position by August 16, another filing shows.
Bed Bath & Beyond stock more than tripled in price from under $6 to over $20 during that period, as retail traders piled in hoping it would skyrocket in value like GameStop, AMC, and other meme stocks. Freeman spent about $25 million on his stake, or less than $5.50 a share, and sold it for north of $130 million, the Financial Times reported.
“I certainly did not expect such a vicious rally upwards,” Freeman told the newspaper. “I thought this was going to be a six-months-plus play,” he continued, adding that he was “really shocked that it went up so fast.”
Freeman is an applied math and economics major at the University of Southern California, and he copublished a paper titled “Irreducible Risks of Hedging a Bond With a Default Swap” at the age of 16. He told the FT that he has invested alongside his uncle for years, previously interned at a hedge fund named Volaris Capital, and mostly raised the money for his Bed Bath & Beyond bet from friends and family.
He arguably lucked out with the timing of his sale. Bed Bath & Beyond stock fell as much as 19% on August 17, after Ryan Cohen, the retailer’s largest shareholder and GameStop’s chair, disclosed that he intended to dump his entire 12% position in the company.
Bed Bath & Beyond shares had spiked on August 16 after Cohen confirmed he still held bullish call options on the stock. Cohen helped spark GameStop’s surge in January 2021 — and he kick-started the wider meme-stock boom — by investing in the video-game retailer and pushing for changes at the company.
Freeman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.