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June 9, 2014
10:18 EDTDG, FDO, 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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February 26, 2015
10:33 EDTFDO, DLTRAnalysts split on Dollar Tree after results, Family Dollar commentary
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09:00 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree outlook has improved, says Wells Fargo
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08:12 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree price target raised to $89 from $79 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Dollar Tree (DLTR) to $89 from $79 following Q4 results which reinforced that the company has a strong, multi-year growth story. The firm cited its profitable margin profile, strong comps, and the potential to reformat hundreds of Family Dollar (FDO) stores.
07:56 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded at BB&T
As previously reported, BB&T downgraded Dollar Tree to Hold from Buy. The firm downgraded shares due to valuation citing balanced risk/reward.
07:27 EDTFDO, DLTRStifel downgraded Dollar Tree on valuation, integration risks
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06:22 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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February 25, 2015
12:31 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:33 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
BB&T downgraded Dollar Tree to Hold based on valuation.
09:45 EDTDLTRDollar Tree says no plans for sweeping change to minimum wage rates
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09:33 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says company, Family Dollar 'ready to integrate'
09:32 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says 'enthusiastic' about Family Dollar deal
Dollar Tree (DLTR) says exceeded 1B transactions in a year for the first time in company's history. Says SSS accelerated throughout the quarter. Says January was strongest comp month of the quarter. Says top selling items in the quarter included party supplies, household products, food. Says believes Canadian market can support up to 1,000 Dollar Tree stores, sees 7,000 store potential for Dollar Tree in the U.S. Sees FY15 CapEx $465M-$475M. Says expects freight costs to be a headwind to gross margin. Sees $8M headwind to sales from earlier Easter holiday. Says may see "some" product delays from West Coast port issues. Doesn't see any share repurchases in 2015. Says more enthusiastic about Family Dollar (FDO) agreement today than when deal was announced in July. Says believes can realize $300M of synergies. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
07:33 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees FY15 EPS ex-items $3.30-$3.50, consensus $3.57
Consolidated net sales for the full year are estimated to range from $9.21B-$9.45B, consensus $9.38B. This estimate is based on a low to low-mid single-digit increase in same-store sales, and 7.2% square footage growth.
07:32 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q1 EPS ex-items 69c-74c, consensus 77c
The company estimates consolidated net sales for Q1 to range from $2.15B-$2.2B, consensus $2.2B, based on a low to mid single-digit increase in same-store sales and 6.9% square footage growth.
07:31 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.16, consensus $1.14
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February 24, 2015
15:21 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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February 23, 2015
07:57 EDTDGDollar General resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTDGJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
18:06 EDTFDO, DGPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:23 EDTDLTRDollar Tree Q4 results likely to beat expectations, says Stifel
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February 15, 2015
16:35 EDTDGDollar General shares could rise 20%, Barron's says
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