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June 27, 2014
18:23 EDTKND, GTIV, AMEDKindred Healthcare sends letter to Gentiva Health board
Kindred (KND) CEO Paul Diaz sent the following letter to Gentiva Health (GTIV): "We are writing to you, and the entire board of directors of Gentiva, regarding the reports in the marketplace that Gentiva may be pursuing an acquisition of Amedisys (AMED). We are concerned that, while refusing to discuss Kindred’s highly attractive cash offer, the Gentiva board may be pursuing a course that would disenfranchise its shareholders through a value-destroying and highly levered transaction with Amedisys. We believe it is incumbent on the Gentiva board, in fulfilling its fiduciary duty to its shareholders, to sit down with Kindred immediately and explore our value-enhancing proposal before entering into any agreement that could impair the value of, or preclude, a Kindred-Gentiva combination. As you know, our all-cash offer of $14.50 per share represents a 70% premium to Gentiva’s closing share price on May 14, 2014 (the day prior to Kindred making its proposal public), and would deliver immediate and certain value to Gentiva shareholders. In addition, we have expressed a willingness to offer cash and stock in a structure that would allow Gentiva shareholders to participate further in the synergies and upside potential of the proposed combination (which many Gentiva shareholders have told us they would prefer). We have also indicated that we would be prepared to consider increasing the value of our offer if Gentiva were to commence discussions and demonstrate additional value. Even before the Amedisys reports were brought to our attention, we listened with interest to the remarks of Gentiva’s Chief Financial Officer, Eric Slusser, at the Wells Fargo Healthcare Conference, particularly his statements indicating that a vertically integrated post-acute care provider would be best positioned to deliver effective care in the long run. This is one of the many reasons why we believe the proposed combination of Kindred and Gentiva makes so much sense. A Kindred-Gentiva combination would offer the benefits of vertical integration and position our combined company to provide integrated post-acute care at lower cost to a much broader range of patients. As both Gentiva and Amedisys focus exclusively on home health and hospice care, such a combination would not similarly advance the interests of patients or position Gentiva at the forefront of changes to the U.S. healthcare delivery system. We note that Kindred has an outstanding track record of successfully integrating acquisitions, including most recently RehabCare and Senior Home Care. In contrast to Kindred, both Gentiva and Amedisys have experienced integration challenges in the past. We believe the combination of Kindred and Gentiva would have minimal execution risk and a high likelihood of swift and seamless integration. Kindred remains firmly committed to the proposed combination with Gentiva, but we take our responsibilities to our shareholders very seriously. If Gentiva were to move forward with any other transaction, Kindred would review the outstanding $14.50 cash offer and consider revising or withdrawing it. As we have stated repeatedly over the last six weeks, we would strongly prefer to work with the Gentiva board to reach a negotiated agreement. We have repeatedly requested meetings with you, and are prepared to meet with you and your advisors as soon as is practicable. We once again call upon your board to immediately commence good-faith discussions with Kindred, so that our companies can move forward with a combination that serves the interests of all our stakeholders."
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July 24, 2014
15:38 EDTGTIVGabelli lowers stake in Gentiva Health to 4.19% from 5.19%
July 23, 2014
10:25 EDTKND, GTIVGentiva Health not in talks with Kindred Healthcare, says dealReporter
According to contacts, dealReporter said Gentiva Health (GTIV) and Kindred Healthcare (KND) have not had any discussions, contradicting recent rumors.
July 21, 2014
19:12 EDTGTIV, KNDGentiva Health announces receipt of acquisition proposal from Kindred Healthcare
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17:40 EDTKND, GTIVKindred Healthcare offers to acquire Gentiva Health for $17.25 per share
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17:32 EDTKND, GTIVKindred Healthcare offers to acquire Gentiva Health for $17.25 per share
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July 18, 2014
16:20 EDTKND, GTIVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:42 EDTKND, GTIVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
July 17, 2014
18:31 EDTGTIVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:43 EDTGTIVGentiva Health up 11.5% after disclosing receipt of $17.25 takeover offer
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16:42 EDTGTIV, KNDGentiva says received $17.25 all-cash takeover bid, rejected Kindred $16 offer
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16:36 EDTGTIV, KNDGentiva Health rejects prior Kindred Healthcare proposal, receives alternate bid
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July 14, 2014
12:06 EDTKND, GTIVGentiva Health urges holders to take no action in response to Kindred offer
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07:32 EDTKND, GTIVKindred Healthcare increases all-cash tender offer for Gentiva to $16 per share
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07:32 EDTKND, GTIVKindred Healthcare increases all-cash tender offer for Gentiva to $16 per share
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