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Hedge fund downgrades stock over company’s links to illegal logging in Russian Far East

MONGABAY – A hedge fund manager has downgraded Lumber Liquidators’ stock over the company’s alleged links to illegal logging in the Russian Far East, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Speaking at the Robin Hood Investors Conference on November 22, Whitney Tilson, the founder of Kase Capital Management, said Lumber Liquidators’ stock price may be inflated due to purchases of illegally sourced timber from Russia, which is less costly than legitimately-sourced wood. He set a two-year price target of $53 for the stock, which was trading at $115 at the time. The stock plunged 12 percent after the presentation.

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