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June 20, 2014
10:54 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRFamily Dollar rises as Icahn urges immediate sale of company
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar Stores (FDO) are higher this morning after Carl Icahn sent a letter to the company's Chief Executive Officer urging an immediate sale. WHAT'S NEW: Citing consistent underperformance of the company, activist investor Carl Icahn said in a letter to Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine on Thursday that "it is imperative that Family Dollar be put up for sale immediately." Icahn believes there would also be significant interest from strategic and financial buyers, adding that "it is clear that now is a perfect time to sell," given the current interest rate environment and stock market. Icahn also said he believes that "an overwhelming majority of the company's shareholders would be in favor of a sale," and that three of his representatives should be added to the company's board of directors immediately. The activist investor claims that Family Dollar has been "in limbo" for too long and that consolidation in the discount retail space is "inevitable." Icahn warned that if he and the company cannot work on this collaboratively, he will take the matter directly to shareholders and commence a written consent solicitation within the next few weeks to replace Family Dollar's entire board of directors with "individuals that will have a shareholder mandate to sell the company." The letter comes after a conversation between Icahn and Levine the evening before. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Family Dollar responded to Icahn's letter, explaining that the company's management and board of directors are committed to acting in the best interests of the company and its shareholders. Family Dollar noted that the company is currently undertaking an in-depth business review, and will continue to take immediate, strategic actions to improve its performance "as appropriate." Family Dollar said it is open to communicating constructively with its investors to enhance value. PRICE ACTION: Family Dollar is up $1.06, or 1.6%, to $69.20 in mid-morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Family Dollar peer Dollar General (DG) are up over 1% to $62.18, while another peer, Dollar Tree (DLTR), is fractionally lower at $53.61.
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January 22, 2015
09:37 EDTDLTR, FDODollar 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 EDTDLTR, DG, FDOFamily Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree merger
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09:24 EDTDLTR, FDO, 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 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGDollar 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, DLTR, FDOFamily 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 EDTFDO, DG, 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, DG, DLTRFamily Dollar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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January 15, 2015
15:06 EDTDLTR, DG, FDOFamily Dollar downgraded at Credit Suisse citing Dollar Tree progress on deal
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14:53 EDTFDOFamily Dollar downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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11:20 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to host special shareholder meeting
Special shareholder meeting to vote on the merger with Dollar Tree will be held in Charlotte, NC on January 22 at 9 am.
10:07 EDTDLTRHigh option volume stocks
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09:15 EDTFDO, DGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRDollar General says has held talks with various parties on stores
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08:07 EDTDLTR, FDO, DGDollar General says 'chosen not to be constrained by timing agreement with FTC'
08:02 EDTDG, DLTR, FDODollar General provides update on FTC review of proposed acquisition of Family Dollar
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07:28 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar to host special shareholder meeting
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