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January 29, 2014
08:46 EDTBIDMarcato says Sotheby's can 'comfortably' return more capital to shareholders
Marcato Capital Management , who owns 6.6% of the common shares outstanding of Sotheby’s, issued the following statement from Mick McGuire, Founder and Managing Partner of Marcato. McGuire said “Today's announcement is a modest step in the right direction, but Sotheby’s can comfortably return more capital to shareholders and do it more quickly than under its proposed plan. Sotheby’s can and should return a total of $1B of capital to shareholders within 12 months using the earnings generated in 2013 and 2014, excess cash on the balance sheet, and capital released from appropriate financing of its Financial Services business and its real estate. Sotheby’s can return this capital to shareholders and still maintain more than adequate liquidity to meet its long-term strategic objectives. We encourage our fellow shareholders to continue to press this Board and management team to act urgently and return significant additional capital in 2014.”
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July 18, 2014
14:29 EDTBIDSotheby's board approves restructuring plan, sees $13M related charge in Q3
Sotheby's disclosed in a regulatory filing that on July 16, 2014 the executive committee of the company's board of directors approved a restructuring plan principally impacting Sotheby's operations in the United States and the United Kingdom. The restructuring plan is the result of a strategic review conducted by management and will result in the reallocation of resources to collecting categories and regions with the highest growth opportunity in the future. The restructuring plan is expected to result in employee-related restructuring charges in the range of approximately $13M recognized in Q3 and the corresponding headcount reductions are expected to be fully implemented by the end of 2014. "Sotheby’s will provide specific guidance on the anticipated cost savings in due course; upon full implementation, management expects a net benefit to Sotheby’s cost base as a result of this restructuring plan and resource reallocation," the company said.
06:39 EDTBIDSotheby's planning to lay off 'modest' number of global workforce, WSJ reports
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