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June 27, 2014
10:35 EDTDG, DLTR, FDODollar General plunges after CEO announces retirement plans
Shares of discount retailer Dollar General (DG) are lower this morning after Chief Executive Officer Rick Dreiling announced plans to retire. WHAT'S NEW: The company's chairman and CEO announced he would retire effective May 30, 2015, or upon the appointment of a successor. Dreiling has been the company's CEO since January 2008 and was named chairman in December of that year. Dreiling will continue as chairman during a transition period following the appointment of a new CEO, the company said. The board of directors is currently conducting an internal and external search for a new CEO. Dreiling commented that "after considerable reflection, I am at a point where it is appropriate to begin to plan for my retirement. I plan to work with the Board of Directors on recruiting and mentoring a new CEO." Dreiling believes Dollar General is in a strong position and has "excellent" prospects for the future. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Carl Icahn has made public that he holds a significant stake in another company in the sector, Family Dollar (FDO). Carl Icahn disclosed in an SEC filing on June 6 that he had obtained a 9.39% stake in Family Dollar. More recently, on June 20, Icahn sent a letter to Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine urging an immediate sale, stating that he believes there would be significant interest from strategic and financial buyers. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Dollar General fell $4.03, or 6.63%, to $57.55, while peer Family Dollar slid $2.54, or 3.7%, to $65.46. Dollar Tree (DLTR), another peer, is down 51c, or 0.95%, to $53.15.
News For DG;FDO;DLTR From The Last 14 Days
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March 20, 2015
15:28 EDTDGDollar General management to meet with Sterne Agee
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March 17, 2015
16:58 EDTDGGIC Private Limited reports 5.02% passive stake in Dollar General
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March 13, 2015
11:27 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says FTC has identified 250 stores for divestiture to date
Dollar Tree (DLTR) disclosed in a regulatory filing that, as of March 10, the FTC has identified approximately 250 stores for divestiture, representing approximately $34M of operating income, related to the company's planned acquisition of Family Dollar (FDO). "We expect the FTC to substantially complete its review of all remaining stores in the near future. We continue to estimate that no more than roughly 300 stores will be required to be divested, although we can give no assurance as to the exact number and it could be more or less than 300. In parallel, we have made good progress with divestiture buyers and have received multiple indications of interest from buyers, each of whom intend to operate these divested locations as dollar stores to address the FTC's concerns. We will work to secure FTC approval and finalize divestiture agreements with the selected bidder(s) as soon as practical," the company added. Dollar Tree note that it is working to close the proposed merger as early as April, but it is uncertain whether the FTC will approve the transaction by that date.
08:15 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $84 from $79 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Dollar General to $84 from $79 following its Q4 report, citing accelerating square footage growth, visible comp drivers, stable gross margins, and its capital return strategy. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Dollar General shares.
08:09 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $87 from $75 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Dollar General to $87 after management announced a plan to speed up store growth in FY17 to 7%. The firm believes better sales and store growth, the $1.3B buyback plan for this year and the initiation of a dividend should drive the stock higher. It keeps a Buy rating on the name.

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