The Wall Street Journal: Activist investor that shook up CSX sells most of its stake

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The activist that shook up CSX Corp. has wound down most of its investment in the railroad operator, marking an end to a three-year saga that helped spur a massive overhaul of the U.S. railroad industry.

Paul Hilal’s investment vehicle, Mantle Ridge LP, has sold off nearly all of its $1 billion position in CSX, according to securities filings. About 4.7 million shares were bought back by the railroad.

Hilal retains ownership of about 3.4 million shares of CSX, according to a regulatory filing, and he will continue to serve as a director and vice chairman of the company’s board.

Shares of CSX CSX, +3.03%   have roughly doubled since January 2017 when The Wall Street Journal reported that Mantle Ridge would mount a campaign to shake up transform the railroad company.

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