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March 26, 2014
06:09 EDTSPLS, SWYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SPLS SWY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Staples (SPLS) 32, Safeway (SWY) 10 according to iVolatility.
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January 30, 2015
08:37 EDTSWYAlbertsons and Safeway complete merger transaction
AB Acquisition and Safeway (SWY) announced that they have completed their proposed merger. Under the terms of the merger agreement first announced and unanimously approved by Safeway's board in March 2014, AB Acquisition LLC, the owner of Albertson's LLC and New Albertson's, will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway. AB Acquisition is controlled by an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management, which also includes Kimco Realty (KIM), Klaff Realty LP, Lubert-Adler Partners LP, and Schottenstein Stores Corporation.
January 28, 2015
06:17 EDTSWYAlbertsons and Safeway receive FTC clearance for proposed merger
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January 27, 2015
14:16 EDTSWYSafeway confirms FTC clearance for proposed Albertsons merger
Albertsons and Safeway announced that they have received clearance from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for the companies' proposed merger which was announced on March 6, 2014. The FTC's clearance follows Albertsons' and Safeway's agreement to a proposed consent order, which includes a commitment to divest 168 stores. As previously announced, Albertsons and Safeway entered into agreements to sell such stores to four FTC-approved buyers. Albertsons and Safeway also agreed to settlements with the attorneys general of California, Nevada and Washington. Albertsons and Safeway expect to complete the merger within the next five business days.
12:49 EDTSWYSafeway agrees to sell 168 stores to settle FTC concerns with Albertsons merger
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January 23, 2015
17:18 EDTSWYHCA Holdings to replace Safeway in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close
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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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