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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.
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March 3, 2015
05:57 EDTANNPVH Corp. downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded PVH Corp. (PVH) to Neutral from Conviction Buy saying a cold February and port-related product delays in March will push out the company's earnings recovery. Goldman cut its price target for the owner of Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger to $109 from $143. The stock closed Monday up 21c to $106.74. Within the Specialty Apparel space, Goldman is most negative on Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), Francesca's (FRAN) and Ann Inc. (ANN), and it sees "fresh downside risk" to American Eagle (AEO). It says the weather and port issues could "throw cold water on the Specialty rally."
February 20, 2015
12:49 EDTANNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:01 EDTANNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:13 EDTANNAnn Inc. downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Ann Inc to Neutral based on gross margin concerns. The firm sees incremental shipping costs due to the West Coast situation and promotional activity pressuring results. Price target is $37.
06:03 EDTANNAnn Inc. working with JPMorgan on potential sale, Bloomberg reports
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05:54 EDTANNAnn Inc. volatility up into working with JPMorgan on potential sale, report
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February 19, 2015
17:58 EDTANNAnn Inc. working with JPMorgan on potential sale, Bloomberg says

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