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August 21, 2014
05:35 EDTFDO, DG, DLTRDollar General sends letter to Family Dollar board
Dollar General (DG) announced it has sent the following letter to the board of Family Dollar Stores (FDO): "We have reviewed the Form S-4 on the background of your current merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR). As the Family Dollar board considers our superior proposal, we believe it is important for you to take into account certain important facts that are not included in the Form S-4 relating to our interaction with your company. While the Form S-4 references various meetings between our companiesí representatives over the years, it fails to mention that Dollar General representatives have consistently expressed a keen interest in putting our two companies together. The Form S-4 also fails to mention that on more than one occasion at such meetings, Howard Levine expressed his own interest in the social issues of a combination, including, among other things, his desire to be CEO of the combined companies. We cannot help but question whether Dollar Generalís failure to embrace such requests by Levine weighed into Family Dollarís decision to pursue an agreement with Dollar Tree." The letter continues, "During the June 19 meeting, although noting that the timing was not optimal for Dollar General, our representatives expressed more than once our interest in exploring a combination with Family Dollar." Further, "It is surprising, then, that, according to the Form S-4, your board was considering at that time a proposal in that range from Dollar Tree, and yet no representative of Family Dollar followed up with any representative of Dollar General after that meeting and before entering into the merger agreement with Dollar Tree. This lack of engagement is puzzling. Regrettably, as a result, we are now forced to factor a $305M break-up fee into our offer Ė consideration that could have been better used to maximize value for the Family Dollar shareholders. Nonetheless, we have presented you with a superior proposal for your shareholders, although perhaps not for Levine personally, and we urge you to evaluate our proposal on its merits considering this full set of facts and in keeping with your obligation to consider first and foremost the best interests of your shareholders."
News For DG;FDO;DLTR From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
10:33 EDTFDO, DLTRAnalysts split on Dollar Tree after results, Family Dollar commentary
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09:00 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree outlook has improved, says Wells Fargo
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08:12 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree price target raised to $89 from $79 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Dollar Tree (DLTR) to $89 from $79 following Q4 results which reinforced that the company has a strong, multi-year growth story. The firm cited its profitable margin profile, strong comps, and the potential to reformat hundreds of Family Dollar (FDO) stores.
07:56 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded at BB&T
As previously reported, BB&T downgraded Dollar Tree to Hold from Buy. The firm downgraded shares due to valuation citing balanced risk/reward.
07:27 EDTFDO, DLTRStifel downgraded Dollar Tree on valuation, integration risks
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06:22 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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February 25, 2015
12:31 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:33 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
BB&T downgraded Dollar Tree to Hold based on valuation.
09:45 EDTDLTRDollar Tree says no plans for sweeping change to minimum wage rates
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09:33 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says company, Family Dollar 'ready to integrate'
09:32 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says 'enthusiastic' about Family Dollar deal
Dollar Tree (DLTR) says exceeded 1B transactions in a year for the first time in company's history. Says SSS accelerated throughout the quarter. Says January was strongest comp month of the quarter. Says top selling items in the quarter included party supplies, household products, food. Says believes Canadian market can support up to 1,000 Dollar Tree stores, sees 7,000 store potential for Dollar Tree in the U.S. Sees FY15 CapEx $465M-$475M. Says expects freight costs to be a headwind to gross margin. Sees $8M headwind to sales from earlier Easter holiday. Says may see "some" product delays from West Coast port issues. Doesn't see any share repurchases in 2015. Says more enthusiastic about Family Dollar (FDO) agreement today than when deal was announced in July. Says believes can realize $300M of synergies. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
07:33 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees FY15 EPS ex-items $3.30-$3.50, consensus $3.57
Consolidated net sales for the full year are estimated to range from $9.21B-$9.45B, consensus $9.38B. This estimate is based on a low to low-mid single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 7.2% square footage growth.
07:32 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q1 EPS ex-items 69c-74c, consensus 77c
The company estimates consolidated net sales for Q1 to range from $2.15B-$2.2B, consensus $2.2B, based on a low to mid single-digit increase in same-store sales and 6.9% square footage growth.
07:31 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.16, consensus $1.14
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February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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February 23, 2015
07:57 EDTDGDollar General resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTDGJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
18:06 EDTFDO, DGPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:23 EDTDLTRDollar Tree Q4 results likely to beat expectations, says Stifel
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February 15, 2015
16:35 EDTDGDollar General shares could rise 20%, Barron's says
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