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November 13, 2012
05:55 EDTANF, ANF, DWSN, DWSN, SPLS, SPLS, TYC, TYCCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Wednesday, November 13
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell include Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), Dawson Geophysical (DWSN), Staples (SPLS) and Tyco International (TYC).
News For ANF;DWSN;SPLS;TYC From The Last 14 Days
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January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTTYCOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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January 21, 2015
17:15 EDTTYCTyco initiated with a Sell at UBS
UBS initiated Tyco with a Sell rating and $40 price target, as the firm believes any upside in the stock is already factored into the company's guidance.
11:23 EDTANFSnow Capital reports 5.1% passive stake in Abercrombie & Fitch
January 20, 2015
13:09 EDTSPLSSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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10:47 EDTSPLSStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:23 EDTSPLSStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
09:31 EDTSPLSActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTSPLSStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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January 15, 2015
10:30 EDTSPLSStaples announces board changes, CEO turns down raise to base salary
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January 14, 2015
08:39 EDTTYCTyco says acquired assets of Grinnel, resolved disputes with historical insurers
Tyco said in a filing that as previously disclosed, during 4Q14, Tyco recorded a net charge of $465M related to asbestos liabilities, of which $225M related to Yarway Corporation liabilities and $240M related primarily to Grinnell. The company also disclosed that, in connection with claims primarily related to Grinnell, the company had resolved disputes with certain of its historical insurers and agreed that certain insurance proceeds would be used to establish and fund a qualified settlement fund, within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code, which would be used for the resolution of certain of these liabilities. On January 9, 2015, the company completed a series of restructuring transactions related to the establishment and funding of a dedicated structure pursuant to which the company acquired the assets of Grinnell and transferred cash and other assets totaling approximately $278M, not including $22M received by the QSF from historic third-party insurers in settlement of coverage disputes, to the structure. As part of the restructuring, subsidiaries in the structure assumed certain liabilities related to historic Grinnell, Scott and Figgie operations, including all historical Grinnell asbestos liabilities, and such subsidiaries purchased additional insurance by, through or from a wholly-owned subsidiary in the structure in order to supplement and enhance existing insurance assets. The structure and the QSF fully fund all historic Grinnell asbestos liabilities and provide for the efficient and streamlined management of claims related thereto.

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