Tag Archives: M&A

CommonWealth REIT to Shareholders: We’ve Considered Your Thoughts On The Matter Of Our Board Of Trustees. Please Note Our Middle Finger.

Shareholders vote against election of trustee, so CommonWealth board members appoint him to fill his own vacancy caused by his own resignation triggered by his own electoral smackdown at the hands of the shareholders. At the annual meeting of the … Continue reading

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Let’s Play ‘Spot the Questionable, Small-Time Financial Structure’

Can you guess? I bet you can. Lets see . . . Colorado corporation organized for a completely different business?  Check. Ridiculous capital structure with enormous number of outstanding shares?  Check. Grandiose name?  Check. Lack of assets and revenues?  Check. … Continue reading

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Can You Hear Me Now?* Paulson Joins Schoenfeld In Opposing MetroPCS/T-Mobile Deal

*Yes, I know that is for Verizon, but neither company has such a snappy catchphrase. Paulson & Co., of multibillion dollar mortgage short fame, owns about 9.9% of the MetroPCS outstanding stock, making it the largest shareholder. Paulson sent some static … Continue reading

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Corvex Is At It Again, Targeting Another REIT. This Time: CommonWealth REIT, Tag, You’re It

Corvex and Related team up to take on CommonWealth, and it is getting messy. When we last checked in on Corvex Management (run by a former Icahn protégé), it was busy creating some shareholder value at Corrections Corporation of America … Continue reading

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Compuware Going Private?

After previously sparring with Elliott Associates over a takeover offer, Compuware decides to take its ball and go home.  And invites Elliott Associates. The always awesome Elliott Associates previously made a $3.2 billion bid for Compuware Corporation (CPWR).  The market … Continue reading

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Linn Energy to Buy Berry Petroleum

In the words of Tupac, the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice. What’s darker than the black gold, the Texas tea? Linn Energy (LINE) and Berry Petroleum (BRY) have agreed that Linn will pick the Berry, with BRY holders … Continue reading

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Starboard Value Nudges Office Depot To Create Some Shareholder Value. In Totally Unrelated News, Office Depot to Merge With OfficeMax.

On September 18, 2012, we reported that Starboard Value was having a shredding party with Office Depot (ODP), announcing it owned over 13% of its shares and telling them how to run their business.  ODP closed at $2.59/share that day.  … Continue reading

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Reports of Additional Dell Institutional Shareholders Opposing Proposed Buyout

T. Rowe Price joins Yacktman Asset Management and Pzena Investment Management in voicing opposition. Bloomberg is reporting that T. Rowe Price has joined the chorus of dissent with respect to the proposed Dell buyout, quoting its chairman, Brian Rogers, as … Continue reading

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Psychic Friends Network Revives As A Public Company After 1998 Bankruptcy

Cue cheap joke about how they should’ve known about the legislative and regulatory changes that led to their bankrupcy . . . Looking at today’s filings, we were struck by a strange sense of déjà vu, like a presence from … Continue reading

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Dell Responds to Inquiries About Fairness of Proposed LBO; Declares It Awesome

“Upon further reflection, we were right the first time.” Dell Inc. (Dell) responded to inquiries and criticism relating to its proposed going private deal with Silver Lake Partners, Michael Dell, Bank of America, Barclays, Credit Suisse, RBC, and Microsoft participating. Critics, … Continue reading

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