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August 21, 2014
05:35 EDTDG, FDO, 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 companies’ 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 General’s failure to embrace such requests by Levine weighed into Family Dollar’s 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 – 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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September 29, 2014
08:14 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGDollar General buying Dollar Tree 'not impossible,' says FBR Capital
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September 26, 2014
18:01 EDTDG, FDOAttorneys general investigating effects of proposed Family Dollar merger
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September 17, 2014
17:32 EDTDG, FDODollar General remains committed to acquisition of Family Dollar
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08:28 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General's 'illusory' tender offer
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that its Board of Directors unanimously recommends that Family Dollar’s shareholders reject the unsolicited conditional tender offer made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) and not tender their shares. In conjunction with its rejection of Dollar General’s offer, Family Dollar’s Board unanimously reaffirms its recommendation in support of the transaction with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The terms of the tender offer are the same as those in the proposal made by Dollar General on September 2, 2014, which the Board of Directors of Family Dollar unanimously rejected on September 5, 2014, on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, said, “Our Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside advisors and consultants, reviewed all aspects of Dollar General’s tender offer and concluded unanimously that this highly conditional Offer is illusory because, as Dollar General is well aware, the Offer cannot close on the terms proposed. Tenders into the Dollar General Offer will be meaningless since there is no way that Dollar General can purchase shares that are tendered.” Levine added, “The terms of the Dollar General Offer are no different from those in its most recent unsolicited proposal, which was previously and unanimously rejected by our Board of Directors based on antitrust regulatory considerations. There is a very real and material risk that the transaction proposed by Dollar General would fail to close, after a lengthy and disruptive review process. Accordingly, our Board has rejected Dollar General’s tender offer and reaffirmed its support of the transaction with Dollar Tree, which delivers attractive value in the form of immediate upfront cash and upside participation in a combined Dollar Tree-Family Dollar entity, as well as closing certainty.” Ed Garden, a Family Dollar director and co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Trian Fund Management, L.P., a large shareholder of the Company, stated, “We are focused on delivering to Family Dollar shareholders the highest value with certainty, and the Dollar Tree transaction does just that. Dollar Tree has taken the antitrust risk off the table by committing to divest as many stores as necessary to obtain antitrust clearance. We remain fully committed to the Dollar Tree transaction.”
08:27 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General's 'illusory' tender offer
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