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June 9, 2014
10:18 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGDollar 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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January 27, 2015
06:04 EDTFDOTrian sold 6M shares yesterday of Family Dollar
Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management disclosed that on January 26, it sold an aggregate of 6M Family Dollar shares. Following such sales, Trian continues to beneficially own an aggregate of 2.36M shares, representing approximately 2.07% of the company.
January 26, 2015
10:38 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar reports January preliminary SSS up 1.2%
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07:42 EDTDGDollar General reinstated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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07:39 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reinstated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Target $80.
January 23, 2015
07:46 EDTDLTR, DGDollar General CEO stays until 2016, may seek smaller acquisitions, Reuters says
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January 22, 2015
17:31 EDTFDOTrian Fund Management voting restrictions with Family Dollar have terminated
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09:43 EDTDGActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL DG ABX AMZN FXCM LVS FFIV INFI SD
09:37 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree says Family Dollar merger could close as soon as March
Dollar Tree (DLTR) commented on the outcome of the shareholder vote of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) to approve the pending merger with Dollar Tree. It said, "Today’s vote of approval by Family Dollar shareholders represents a crucial step toward combining Dollar Tree, North America’s leading fixed-price point discount retailer, with Family Dollar, a leading multi-price point retailer with a 50+ year history of serving low and middle income customers By adding Family Dollar to our portfolio of brands, Dollar Tree will soon operate more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces with annual sales exceeding $18 billion. This merger enhances our geographic footprint and diversifies our business model. We intend to operate and grow both banners." Dollar Tree added that "several steps" need to take place to facilitate the successful completion of the acquisition. By the end of January, Dollar Tree expects to reach a preliminary agreement with the FTC staff on the list of substantially all of the stores to be divested. Dollar Tree then plans to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected buyers, to address any concerns of the investigating state attorneys general, and to execute a consent order with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed to provide the FTC with four weeks’ notice prior to closing. Dollar Tree expects to initiate this four-week notice period after Dollar Tree executes a consent decree with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, which should enable the closing of the merger as soon as March 2015.
09:25 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGFamily Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree merger
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09:24 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGFamily Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree merger
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09:24 EDTDGDollar General says focused on core business
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09:24 EDTDGDollar General says 'well positioned' for sustainable growth
09:23 EDTDLTR, DG, FDODollar General says Rick Dreiling to continue as chairman and CEO
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09:22 EDTDGDollar General says Rick Dreiling to continue as chairman and CEO
09:21 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRFamily Dollar holders approve Dollar Tree deal, Bloomberg reports
Family Dollar (FDO) shareholders approved today the buyout offer from Dollar Tree (DLTR), Bloomberg reports.
06:05 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRFamily Dollar investors expected to approve Dollar Tree deal, NY Post reports
Family Dollar (FDO) investors are poised to approve Dollar Tree's (DLTR) $8.5B cash and stock takeover offer at a meeting today, The New York Post reports. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:02 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGFamily Dollar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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