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August 21, 2014
08:01 EDTDLTR, DG, FDOFamily 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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March 13, 2015
11:27 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree says FTC has identified 250 stores for divestiture to date
Dollar Tree (DLTR) disclosed in a regulatory filing that, as of March 10, the FTC has identified approximately 250 stores for divestiture, representing approximately $34M of operating income, related to the company's planned acquisition of Family Dollar (FDO). "We expect the FTC to substantially complete its review of all remaining stores in the near future. We continue to estimate that no more than roughly 300 stores will be required to be divested, although we can give no assurance as to the exact number and it could be more or less than 300. In parallel, we have made good progress with divestiture buyers and have received multiple indications of interest from buyers, each of whom intend to operate these divested locations as dollar stores to address the FTC's concerns. We will work to secure FTC approval and finalize divestiture agreements with the selected bidder(s) as soon as practical," the company added. Dollar Tree note that it is working to close the proposed merger as early as April, but it is uncertain whether the FTC will approve the transaction by that date.
08:15 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $84 from $79 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Dollar General to $84 from $79 following its Q4 report, citing accelerating square footage growth, visible comp drivers, stable gross margins, and its capital return strategy. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Dollar General shares.
08:09 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $87 from $75 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Dollar General to $87 after management announced a plan to speed up store growth in FY17 to 7%. The firm believes better sales and store growth, the $1.3B buyback plan for this year and the initiation of a dividend should drive the stock higher. It keeps a Buy rating on the name.

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