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August 21, 2014
08:01 EDTFDO, DLTR, DGFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General proposal based on antitrust issues
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. In addition, the Family Dollar Board unanimously reaffirmed its recommendation in support of the merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR). In negotiating the merger agreement with Dollar Tree, the Family Dollar Board ensured that the agreement permits the Board, consistent with its fiduciary duties, to negotiate with, provide due diligence materials to, and even terminate the merger agreement to enter into a new agreement with, a competing bidder. However, as is customary, the Board may commence negotiations and due diligence access only if, among other factors, the Board determines that a proposal from a competing bidder is reasonably expected to lead to a superior proposal that “is reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.” The Family Dollar Board, after consultation with its financial and legal advisors who have conducted an extensive antitrust analysis, determined that the Dollar General proposal fails to satisfy this requirement. The Board’s decision follows the unanimous recommendation of a committee of four non-management independent directors that has been overseeing the Company’s consideration and exploration of strategic alternatives since January 2014. Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, stated, “Our Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside advisors and consultants, has been carefully analyzing the antitrust issues in a potential combination with Dollar General since the beginning of this year, as detailed in the Company’s preliminary proxy statement that was filed by Dollar Tree with the SEC on August 11. Our Board reviewed, with our advisors, all aspects of Dollar General’s proposal and unanimously concluded that it is not reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed. Accordingly, our Board rejects Dollar General’s proposal and reaffirms its support for the pending merger with Dollar Tree.” Levine continued, “I would also like to note that Dollar General’s letter, sent late last night, contained blatant mischaracterizations and did nothing to address the antitrust issues in Dollar General’s proposal.”
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November 24, 2015
12:08 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the morning. The weakness was attributed to the worldwide travel alert issued by the U.S. State Department on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday as well as the shooting down of a Russian plane by Turkey, both of which heightened the tension of investors. The averages have shown improvement since the European markets closed and have moved to their session highs to turn mixed near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the estimate of third quarter GDP growth was boosted to 2.1% from 1.5%, matching estimates. Personal consumption growth was estimated at 3.0% in the second look, versus expectations for an increase of 3.2%. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite home price index was up a seasonally adjusted 0.6% month over month in September, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. The Conference Board's consumer confidence reading for November came in at 90.4, missing the consensus forecast of 99.5. COMPANY NEWS: Bill Ackman has put more funds behind his big bet in Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), as filings show that Pershing Square raised its stake in the embattled drugmaker to 9.9%. In other news from a high-profile activist investor, Carl Icahn revealed that he has taken a 7.13% stake in Xerox (XRXZ) and may seek positions on the board of the company. Research firm Piper Jaffray believes that Icahn's involvement in the company can amplify the company's review and boost the stock, but was not the case at midday, as Xerox shares slipped about 2% following last night's disclosure. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dollar Tree (DLTR), which rallied 6% after it reported upbeat quarterly earnings and backed its fiscal 2015 guidance. Also higher was Burlington Stores (BURL), which gained 8% after reporting quarterly results and approving a new $200M share repurchase program. In addition, Boulder Brands (BDBD) was up 8.5% after it agreed to be acquired by Pinnacle Foods (PF) for $11 per share. Pinnacle slipped 4% following the deal announcement. Another noteworthy losers was Brocade (BRCD), which fell 8% and was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan following its Q4 earnings. Also lower was Microsemi (MSCC), which dropped 6% after it agreed to acquire PMC-Sierra (PMCS), which was also 6% lower, in a $2.5B transaction. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 15.57, or 0.09%, to 17,808.25, the Nasdaq was down 8.75, or 0.17%, to 5,093.73, and the S&P 500 was down 0.7, or 0.03%, to 2,085.89.
10:07 EDTDLTRDollar Tree spikes higher post-earnings
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09:40 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q4 adjusted EPS $2.32-$2.51, consensus $2.74
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09:39 EDTDLTRDollar Tree raises FY15 revenue view to $15.45B-$15.55B from $15.3B-$15.52B
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09:34 EDTDLTRDollar Tree targeting 200 store conversions in FY15
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07:37 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.33, may not compare to consensus 53c
Reports Q3 revenue $4.95B, consensus $4.84B. Reports Q3 SSS up 2.1% year over year.
November 23, 2015
16:47 EDTDLTRLone Pine Capital reports 5.6% passive stake in Dollar Tree
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15:28 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Analog Devices (ADI), consensus 83c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 69c... Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 53c... Campbell Soup (CPB), consensus 76c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus 39c... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 75c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.31... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 60c... Eaton Vance (EV), consensus 59c...Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 23c... Cracker Barrel (CBRL), consensus $1.59.
November 20, 2015
15:26 EDTDLTRDollar Tree volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Dollar Tree December call option implied volatility is at 37, January is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 40, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 24.
10:00 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: (FLWS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Diageo (DEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks at JMP Securities... Mazor Robotics (MZOR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Trimble (TRMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTDGPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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14:20 EDTDGDollar General begins construction on new distribution center in Wisconsin
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