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August 25, 2014
13:10 EDTANNAnn Inc. rises after investors call on board to consider sale
Shares of women's apparel retailer Ann Inc. (ANN) are climbing after investors in the company urged it to consider selling itself. WHAT'S NEW: Two investors in Ann Inc.'s stock - Engine Capital and Red Alder - disclosed this morning that they had sent the company's independent board members a letter in which they called on the company to consider selling itself. Engine Capital is a value oriented, special situations fund, while Red Alder is an investment adviser. The two entities, who made the statements in a press release, said that they own a combined stake of more than 1% in Ann. The retailer is "deeply undervalued" and the board can take action that would significantly increase shareholder value, the investors wrote. After speaking with members of Ann's management team, the two entities said they had hoped that the company would start exploring strategic alternatives, including a sale of the company. However, since the company did not announce that it was beginning such a process, the investors decided to go public with their request, they stated. After conducting extensive due diligence, including studying the valuations at which privately-held retailers have been sold, Engine Capital and Red Alder estimate that Ann Inc could be sold for $50-$55 per share. Moreover, the entities said that several factors, including their decision to go public with their position and the purchase of a 9.5% stake in Ann earlier this year by private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, make "the status quo untenable." They urged Ann Inc. to immediately retain a nationally recognized investment bank and establish a special committee of independent directors to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Ann Inc. shares slid over 3% on Friday after the company reported its Q2 results that morning and said that it experienced softer traffic levels along with sales and margin pressure in the second half of the quarter. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Ann gained 4.3% to $39.14.
News For ANN From The Last 14 Days
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November 25, 2014
10:10 EDTANNJanney to hold a field trip
Janney Montgomery Holiday Mall Tour is being held at Tysons Corner, Virginia on November 25.
November 21, 2014
07:51 EDTANNAnn Inc. nows sees FY14 revenue $2.516B, consensus $2.52B
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07:49 EDTANNAnn Inc. backs view of Q4 SSS down in low-single digits
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07:47 EDTANNAnn Inc. reports Q3 EPS ex-items 72c, consensus 68c
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November 20, 2014
15:28 EDTANNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Foot Locker (FL), consensus 79c; ANN Inc. (ANN), consensus 68c; Hibbett Sports (HIBB), consensus 62c; Berry Plastics (BERY), consensus 37c; Sirona Dental Systems (SIRO), consensus 90c.
07:21 EDTANNAnn Taylor November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday sales outlook
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November 19, 2014
07:16 EDTANNAnn Taylor November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 13, 2014
13:22 EDTANNAnn Taylor November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday sales outlook
Ann Taylor November call option implied volatility is at 55, December is at 37, January and March is at 34; compared to its 26-week average of 33 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 21.

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