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August 21, 2014
05:35 EDTDG, DLTR, FDODollar 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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May 26, 2015
09:58 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: L Brands (LB) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Accenture (ACN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Expedia (EXPE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... The Fresh Market (TFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Marvell (MRVL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Health Care REIT (HCN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Axiom... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Pebblebrook Hotel (PEB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... BB&T (BBT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... InterXion (INXN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
06:19 EDTDGDollar General upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Dollar General to the Conviction Buy List and increased its price target to $87 from $85. The firm sees a positive inflection in fundamentals given favorable low-income consumer tailwinds and a reduced margin drag from tobacco, sustainable competitive advantages driving long-term growth, and attractive valuation.
May 22, 2015
07:09 EDTDLTRDollar Tree underlying business healthy, says Wells Fargo
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May 21, 2015
09:28 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quality Systems (QSII), up 9.5%... Trina Solar (TSL), up 7.1%... Best Buy (BBY), up 7.5%... Kirkland's (KIRK), up 4.3% after reporting quarterly results, guidance, and announcing a $1.50 per share special dividend... Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 3.8%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 4.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), up 1.2%. ALSO HIGHER: CTPartners (CTP), up 30.7% after agreeing to exclusive negotiations to be acquired by DHR International... Omnicare (OCR), up 1.3% after CVS Health (CVS) agrees to acquire the company for $98.00 per share, CVS Health is up 1%... Telenav (TNAV), up 3.3% after being initiated with an Outperform at Northland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: NetApp (NTAP), down 11.7%... Rexnord (RXN), down 9.9%... Dollar Tree (DLTR), down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Wave Systems (WAVX), down 22.9% after 7.3M share Spot Secondary priced at 65c... Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 16.5% after CEO resigns... Dicerna Pharmaceuticals (DRNA), down 5.8% after 2.75M share Secondary priced at $17.75.
07:44 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree intends to close proposed Family Dollar merger in early July
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07:42 EDTDLTRDollar Tree narrows FY15 EPS ex-costs view to $3.32-$3.47 from $3.30-$3.50
Consensus $3.49. Narrows FY15 revenue view to $9.24B-$9.42B, compared to the companyís previous expected range of $9.21B-$9.45B. Estimate is based on a low to low-mid single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 7.3% square footage growth. Adjusted for Q1 results, outlook for the remainder of the year remains unchanged from the companyís original 2015 guidance, Dollar Tree said.
07:41 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q2 EPS ex-acquisition costs 63c-68c, consensus 70c
Sees Q2 revenue $2.17B-$2.23B, consensus $2.23B. Sees Q2 low to low-mid single-digit increase in same-store sales and 8% square footage growth.
07:39 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q1 EPS ex-acquisition costs 71c, consensus 75c
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May 20, 2015
15:00 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 75c... Best Buy (BBY), consensus 29c... Advance Auto Parts (AAP), consensus $2.48... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 65c... Donaldson Company (DCI), consensus 35c... Booz Allen Hamilton Holding (BAH), consensus 33c... The Buckle (BKE), consensus 78c... Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO), consensus 39c... Brady Corp. (BRC), consensus 37c... Trina Solar (TSL), consensus 9c... Quality Systems (QSII), consensus 15c... Kirkland's (KIRK), consensus 11c... Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), consensus ($1.56).
May 18, 2015
08:46 EDTDLTRDollar Tree weakness an attractive buying opportunity, says UBS
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTDLTR, DGPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTFDOTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
14:15 EDTDLTRDollar Tree volatility flat into Q1 and outlook
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