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May 30, 2014
10:55 EDTBIG, DLTR, FDOBig Lots advances after results top estimates, guidance raised
Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) are sharply higher this morning after the company reported first quarter results that exceeded expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Big Lots reported Q1 earnings per share from continuing operations of 50c and revenue of $1.28B, which topped analysts’ consensus estimates of 44c and $1.26B, respectively, and beat the company's EPS guidance of 40c-45c per share. Same store sales for the quarter increased 0.9%. Inventory at the end of the quarter was $835M compared to $885M a year ago. Looking ahead, the company forecast second quarter EPS of 24c-30c and SSS to rise 1%-3%. The consensus forecast of analysts for Q2 EPS prior to the report was 28c. The company also raised fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to $2.35-$2.50 from $2.25-$2.45, on revenue of flat to slightly up and SSS up 1%-2%. The consensus forecast of analysts for FY EPS prior to the report was $2.38. The company sees FY14 cash flow of approximately $170M from continuing U.S. operations and consolidated cash flow of approximately $145M after the impact of the wind down of our discontinued Canadian operations. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its earnings conference call, Big Lots admitted that its Q1 results "could have been better," but believes the issue was weather. The company noted that some of the early groundwork is being established int he social advertising space. The company said "nothing has changed" regarding its gross margin rate forecast. PRICE ACTION: Big Lots is trading up $4.62, or 12.3%, to $42.14 in mid-morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Big Lots peer Dollar Tree (DLTR) are down modestly to $52.88, while another retailer in the space, Family Dollar (FDO), is virtually unchanged at $58.16.
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July 28, 2014
13:23 EDTFDO, DLTRIcahn 'pleased' with Family Dollar deal, 'hopeful' alternate deal may surface
Carl Icahn released the following statement regarding Family Dollar Stores (FDO): "While we continue to believe there are a handful of potential buyers who could realize greater synergies through a combination with Family Dollar and are hopeful that one or more of them will surface as a result of today’s announcement, we are extremely pleased with Dollar Tree’s (DLTR) intention to acquire Family Dollar in a transaction that values the company at $74.50 per share. This is a big win for all shareholders of Family Dollar and yet another validation of the activist investment philosophy in general." Another company in the space, Dollar General (DG), has previously been speculated as an alternative partner for Family Dollar and Wal-Mart (WMT) is seen as a competitor to dollar store operators.
12:21 EDTDLTR, FDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:39 EDTDLTR, FDOWells says potential for competing Family Dollar bid an unknown
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11:00 EDTDLTRHigh option volume stocks:
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10:24 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar, Dollar Tree advance after agreeing to combine
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09:57 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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09:32 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says will pay down debt vs. buying back shares
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09:26 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says deal could close by early January 2015
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09:17 EDTDLTR, FDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:10 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree to benefit from Family Dollar deal, says Sterne Agee
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09:05 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar General 'fully aware" of Family Dollar buyout, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) was "fully aware" of Family Dollar buyout process by Dollar Tree (DLTR), CNBC's David Faber reports. Shares of Dollar General are down 4% to $53.40 following news of the Dollar Tree, Family Tree merger.
09:00 EDTDLTR, FDOTrian to vote 7.34% stake in favor of Family Dollar buyout
Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund disclosed a voting agreement whereby it will vote its 7.34% Family Dollar stake in favor of Dollar Tree's (DLTR) buyout at $74.50 per share in cash and stock. A Trian spokeswoman told Reuters the fund "strongly" believes the merger represents the "best path forward" for Family Dollar.
08:59 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree says store closures not a part of syngergy expectations at this time
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08:52 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says sees compelling growth opportunities in discount retail space
Says deal will be 80% cash, 20% shares. Says acquisition synergies "significant and achievable." Says acquisition is "transformational." Family Dollar (FDO) says combination with Dollar Tree (DLTR) in the best interests of shareholders. Dollar Tree says will open new stores for both chains. Expects to generate significant free cash flow, pay down debt. Sees compelling growth opportunities in discount retail space. Comments made on Dollar Tree's conference call discussing its merger agreement to acquire Family Dollar.
08:25 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar Stores volatility expected to move on Dollar Tree acquiring
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08:07 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree volatility expected to move on acquiring Family Dollar for $8.5B
Dollar Tree (DLTR) volatility is expected to move on acquiring Family Dollar Stores (FDO) for $74.50 per share. Overall option implied volatility of 21 is near its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
07:12 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree says CEO Bob Sasser to serve as CEO of combined company
Dollar Tree (DLTR) says Family Dollar (FDO) deal expected to be low to mid single digit percentage accretive to cash EPS in first financial year after close. Sees approximately $300M of annual run rate synergies to be achieved by third year post-closing. Says one time costs to achieve synergies of approximately $300M. Says Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser will serve as CEO of combined company. Says Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine to report to Sasser. Comments from slides that will be presented on Dollar Tree's conference call discussing its merger agreement to acquire Family Dollar.
06:43 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree to host conference call
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06:12 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar for $74.50 per share in cash, stock
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06:07 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar for $74.50 per share in cash, stock
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