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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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May 19, 2015
07:26 EDTANNAscena Retail weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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07:20 EDTANNAscena Retail upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
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06:47 EDTANNAscena Retail pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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05:51 EDTANNAnn Inc. downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Ann Inc. to Neutral with a $47 price target to reflect the acquisition by Ascena Retail (ASNA).
May 18, 2015
16:21 EDTANNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
13:55 EDTANNAnn Inc. downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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12:51 EDTANNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:10 EDTANNHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: ASNA LAZ GTI CBRL ANN ISSI ANET HTS URBN LVLT
09:49 EDTANNEquity options with increasing volume
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09:33 EDTANNAscena Retail acquisition of Ann Inc. a positive, says CL King
09:25 EDTANNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:50 EDTANNAscena CEO says views Ann Taylor, Loft as two distinct brands
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08:39 EDTANNAnn Inc. CEO says Ascena deal the 'right outcome for stockholders'
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08:01 EDTANNANN volatility elevated into Ascena Retail acquiring for $47
ANN (ANN) June call option implied volatility is at 42, September is at 31; compared to its 90-day average of 34; suggesting large near term price movement into a ascena retail (ASNA) paying ANN stockholders $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of ascena common stock.
07:50 EDTANNAscena Retail volatility elevated into acquiring Ann Inc.
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07:48 EDTANNAscena Retail and Ann Inc. to host conference call
Conference call to discuss merger agreement under which ascena will acquire ANN INC will be held on May 18 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
07:40 EDTANNAscena Retail expects Ann. Inc acquisition to be significantly accretive to EPS
Excluding transaction and integration expenses, the acquisition is expected to be significantly accretive to EPS in the first year post closing, accelerating to greater than 20% accretion to EPS thereafter. Additionally, ascena expects the combination to generate significant cash flow while both maintaining appropriate levels of capital expenditures and enabling rapid deleveraging.
07:40 EDTANNAnn Inc. rises 19% to $46 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail
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07:35 EDTANNAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
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07:35 EDTANNAscena Retail to acquire Ann Inc. for $47 per share
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