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December 6, 2012
10:42 EDTSPLS, JCPJ.C. Penney rises after partner reveals REIT plans
J.C. Penney (JCP) is advancing after the company's Canadian partner, retailer Loblaw Companies, earlier today announced that it would launch a Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT. The REIT, which will sell units via an IPO, will acquire a significant portion of Loblaw's real estate assets, the Canadian company stated. Initially Loblaw, whose stock is soaring nearly 20% on the Toronto Stock Exchange on the news, intends to turn over real estate currently worth more than C$7B to the REIT. Loblaw's announcement may be leading some investors to speculate that J.C. Penney and other American retailers may take similar steps in order to monetize their assets. Loblaw in July signed a four year deal to open almost 700 shops featuring its Joe Fresh fashions within J.C. Penney's stores. In mid-morning trading, J.C. Penney jumped 91c, or 5.19%, to $18.44. Also climbing was Staples (SPLS), which rose 1.42% to $11.45.
News For JCP;SPLS From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
12:12 EDTJCPBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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January 20, 2015
13:09 EDTSPLSSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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10:47 EDTSPLSStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:23 EDTSPLSStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
09:31 EDTSPLSActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTSPLSStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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06:22 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney to bring back 120-page catalog, WSJ reports
J.C. Penney has decided to resurrect its catalog in the form of a 120-page book that will mark the first catalog the chain has sent out since 2010, The Wall Street Journal reports. The retailer, which quit the catalog amid a broader pullback caused by the recession and the rise of e-commerce, now believes the catalog can help drive web sales. Reference Link
January 15, 2015
10:30 EDTSPLSStaples announces board changes, CEO turns down raise to base salary
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January 13, 2015
10:17 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 12, 2015
10:15 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:35 EDTJCPNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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06:35 EDTJCPObama to press for law requiring disclosure of hacking, NY Times says
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