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June 9, 2014
10:18 EDTFDO, DG, DLTRDollar stores rally after Icahn takes Family Dollar stake
Shares of Family Dollar (FDO) are climbing after well-known activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he had obtained a significant stake in the company and Fox Business reported that Icahn could push for a merger between Family Dollar and peer Dollar General (DG). WHAT'S NEW: Carl Icahn disclosed in an SEC filing late Friday that he had obtained a 9.39% stake in discount retailer Family Dollar. Icahn stated that he believes the company's stock is undervalued and added that he sees great long-term potential in the sector. Meanwhile, Icahn told Fox Business that he would consider trying to get Family Dollar to merge with another company in the sector, Dollar General. For its part, Family Dollar said that it was open to holding dialogues with all of its shareholders, but then adopted a one-year shareholder rights plan meant to prevent anyone from gaining control of the company without paying a premium. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder upgraded Family Dollar and Dollar General to Buy from Hold. The analyst upgraded the stocks based on his belief that the companies could merge. A merger could allow the companies to generate large cost savings, according to Binder. He set a $79 price target on Family Dollar and a $75 price target on Dollar General. Significantly less optimistic about the potential for a merger was FBR Capital analyst Dutch Fox. Dollar General doesn't want to merge with Family Dollar and such a deal won't happen anytime soon, the analyst contended. However, both companies could launch share repurchase plans, he believes. Fox kept a Market Perform rating on Family Dollar and an Outperform rating on Dollar General. He recommended that investors respond to the news by being long Dollar General in the short-term. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Family Dollar jumped 15% to $69.50, Dollar General surged 11% to $64.25, and Dollar Tree (DLTR), another retailer in the space, rose 2% to $56.35.
News For FDO;DG;DLTR From The Last 14 Days
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October 1, 2014
06:06 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGFamily Dollar says proceeding with plans to be acquired by Dollar Tree
Family Dollar (FDO) said in a memo to its employees yesterday that it is proceeding with its plan to be acquired by Dollar Tree (DLTR), even as Dollar General (DG) seeks to break up the deal and acquire Family Dollar. Family Dollar said it is not planning any changes to its health care, 401(k) and compensation plans. Family Dollar comments, "The immediate focus of our work is to prepare for ‘Day 1,’ (the first day after closing), while simultaneously beginning to build a more detailed plan for the integration. We’re now in the ‘integration planning phase,’ which involves planning for the complex blending of our two organizations."
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 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRFamily 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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