From Rags to Real Estate, Trinity Place Emerges - Michael Price Buys Big

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Once again Guru Michael Price , founder of MFP Investments LLC, has timed his buy to cash in on the completion of a company's major transformation, according to GuruFocus Real Time Picks.

Last September Syms Corp. completed its financial restructuring and emerged from Chapter 11 as Trinity Place Holdings Inc. ( TPHS ). The company formerly called Syms Corporation was a 52-year-old discount chain that eventually dwindled as competitors like TJ Maxx and Marshalls spiked cheap leftover fashions into a super-hot retail category. Divorced from its discount retailer days, Trinity Place has changed not only its name but also its focus - to 16 commercial real estate properties in nine states and a variety of intellectual properties. CEO of Trinity Place Holdings, Lauren Krueger, described Trinity as " entirely new company with attractive real estate and intellectual property assets."

As of April 11, 2013, Guru Michael Price added Trinity Place Holdings Inc. ( TPHS ) to his MFP Investors portfolio. Price bought 1 million shares at an average price of $4.35. Price owns 6.01% of shares outstanding.

The current share price is $4.17, with a change from average down 4%. TPHS stock is up 5% year to date.

A self-made billionaire and renowned money manager, Guru Michael F. Price is the 271st richest person in the world, according to Forbes. Price manages the private firm, MFP Investors LLC, with $1.6 billion under management. MFP Investors' portfolio lists 101 stocks valued at $705 million, with a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 10%.

Guru Irving Kahn of Kahn Brothers is the only other top investor to hold TPHS for 753,680 shares, or a 4.53% of shares outstanding.

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