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August 21, 2014
05:35 EDTDLTR, FDO, DGDollar 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."
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November 24, 2015
12:08 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the morning. The weakness was attributed to the worldwide travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday as well as the shooting down of a Russian plane by Turkey, both of which heightened the tension of investors. The averages have shown improvement since the European markets closed and have moved to their session highs to turn mixed near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the estimate of third quarter GDP growth was boosted to 2.1% from 1.5%, matching estimates. Personal consumption growth was estimated at 3.0% in the second look, versus expectations for an increase of 3.2%. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite home price index was up a seasonally adjusted 0.6% month over month in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. The Conference Board's consumer confidence reading for November came in at 90.4, missing the consensus forecast of 99.5. COMPANY NEWS: Bill Ackman has put more funds behind his big bet in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), as filings show that Pershing Square raised its stake in the embattled drugmaker to 9.9%. In other news from a high-profile activist investor, Carl Icahn revealed that he has taken a 7.13% stake in Xerox (XRXZ) and may seek positions on the board of the company. Research firm Piper Jaffray believes that Icahn's involvement in the company can amplify the company's review and boost the stock, but was not the case at midday, as Xerox shares slipped about 2% following last night's disclosure. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dollar Tree (DLTR), which rallied 6% after it reported upbeat quarterly earnings and backed its fiscal 2015 guidance. Also higher was Burlington Stores (BURL), which gained 8% after reporting quarterly results and approving a new $200M share repurchase program. In addition, Boulder Brands (BDBD) was up 8.5% after it agreed to be acquired by Pinnacle Foods (PF) for $11 per share. Pinnacle slipped 4% following the deal announcement. Another noteworthy losers was Brocade (BRCD), which fell 8% and was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan following its Q4 earnings. Also lower was Microsemi (MSCC), which dropped 6% after it agreed to acquire PMC-Sierra (PMCS), which was also 6% lower, in a $2.5B transaction. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 15.57, or 0.09%, to 17,808.25, the Nasdaq was down 8.75, or 0.17%, to 5,093.73, and the S&P 500 was down 0.7, or 0.03%, to 2,085.89.
10:07 EDTDLTRDollar Tree spikes higher post-earnings
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09:40 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q4 adjusted EPS $2.32-$2.51, consensus $2.74
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09:39 EDTDLTRDollar Tree raises FY15 revenue view to $15.45B-$15.55B from $15.3B-$15.52B
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09:34 EDTDLTRDollar Tree targeting 200 store conversions in FY15
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07:37 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.33, may not compare to consensus 53c
Reports Q3 revenue $4.95B, consensus $4.84B. Reports Q3 SSS up 2.1% year over year.
November 23, 2015
16:47 EDTDLTRLone Pine Capital reports 5.6% passive stake in Dollar Tree
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15:28 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 83c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 69c... Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 53c... Campbell Soup (CPB), consensus 76c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus 39c... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 75c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.31... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 60c... Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 59c...Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 23c... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), consensus $1.59.
November 20, 2015
15:26 EDTDLTRDollar Tree volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Dollar Tree December call option implied volatility is at 37, January is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 40, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 24.
10:00 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: (FLWS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Diageo (DEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks at JMP Securities... Mazor Robotics (MZOR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Trimble (TRMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTDGPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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14:20 EDTDGDollar General begins construction on new distribution center in Wisconsin
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