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July 9, 2014
11:25 EDTLO, ITYBY, RAI, BTIReynolds rises as BAT said to contemplate total takeover
Shares of cigarette manufacturer Reynolds American (RAI) are higher this morning following a report that British American Tobacco (BTI) is close to a deal to buy the stake in Reynolds it does not already own. WHAT'S NEW: The Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco, which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the 58% of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A deal for Reynolds, whose brands include Kill, Camel, Winston and Salem, by British American Tobacco would stop any plans Reynolds might already have to buy Lorillard (LO), which makes Newport menthol cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. CNBC's David Faber said on July 3 that Reynolds was on track to buy Lorillard "within weeks," and added that Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) would likely buy some of the divested assets as a result of the transaction. Faber noted at the time that British American Tobacco was likely to build a position in Reynolds. ANALYST REACTION: According to the Daily Mail, Citigroup has said it would be "advantageous" for British American Tobacco to acquire all of Reynolds, as its earnings per share would be boosted by 10%-13% and give it access to "one of the best" global e-cigarette platforms. The firm believes a total acquisition would allow British American Tobacco "total freedom" to deploy Reynolds' intellectual property on e-cigarettes. PRICE ACTION: Reynolds American shares are up $1.62, or 2.64%, to $62.93 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, British American Tobacco shares trading in New York are down 46c to $121.51 and Lorillard is up 40c to $63.33.
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December 15, 2014
06:27 EDTLO, RAILorillard, Reynolds investors to vote on merger on January 28, WSJ reports
Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) shareholders will vote on the proposed $25B merger on January 28, The Wall Street Journal reports. The FTC is continuing its antitrust review on the deal, and a ruling is expected in 1H15. Reference Link
December 8, 2014
08:25 EDTRAIReynolds American CFO change not related to negative event, says RBC Capital
After Reynolds' CFO retired, RBC Capital says that the CFO's retirement appears to have been planned ahead of time and does not indicate any problems at the company. The firm keeps a Top Pick rating on the shares.
December 4, 2014
16:36 EDTRAIReynolds American announces CFO transition plan
Andrew Gilchrist to become CFO effective March 1, 2015. Thomas Adams, current CFO, will begin transitioning the CFO role to Gilchrist in January. Adams plans to retire after the transition in March.

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