Hedge Fund SRS wins $ 5 billion in a flash as Avis rises

(Bloomberg) – Hedge Fund SRS Investment Management achieved a gain of nearly $ 5 billion in just a few hours on Tuesday when the shares of Avis Budget Group Inc. skyrocketed in the recent madness of meme stocks.

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SRS, led by Karthik Sarma, is the largest shareholder in the car rental company and has owned its shares for more than a decade. It holds shares and swaps, representing 43% of the shares in Avis, shows a statutory application.

Shares of Avis doubled to $ 340 at. 13.51 in New York and previously rose as high as $ 545.11, after CEO Joe Ferraro said the company in Parsippany, New Jersey will play a major role in the increased use of electric vehicles.

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Sarma, 46, and SRS President Jagdeep Pahwa, 47, are members of Avis’ board.

Sarma opened his equity-focused hedge fund in 2006 after spending five years at Chase Coleman’s Tiger Global Management, where he was CEO, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The SRS managed $ 8.65 billion, including leverage, at the end of last year, according to its latest regulatory application.

David Zales, the New York-based firm’s attorney general, declined to comment.

(Updates to Tiger Global in the fifth episode.)

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