Month: June 2012

Sara Lee Retires To Hillshire Farm, Gives Up Coffee

Twenty seven years after Consolidated Foods became Sara Lee, Sara Lee is retiring as a corporate name.  Months of preparation culminated in a flurry of activity today, in which Sara Lee shareholders received a goodie bag containing 1 share of D.E. Master Blenders 1753(DEMBF), an international coffee company trading in Amsterdam, a $3 special cash dividend, and 0.2… Read More »

Stop The Presses? News Corp To Toss Newspapers To The Curb

After days of speculation, and months of internal debate, News Corp(NWSA) announced yesterday that it will spin off its newspaper and publishing business. The company aims to complete the transaction in the first half of 2013. Rupert Murdoch will remain Chairman of both companies and CEO of the media and entertainment business.  Each company will continue to have… Read More »

Aloha Matson! Alexander & Baldwin Spinoff Coming Soon

What is your dream job? A lot of great options to choose from, but personally I have always imagined being a member of a company’s board of directors to be a pretty cushy gig. Jet around, fancy dinners, high salaries and all for a few meetings per year that you can apparently skip if you are Leon Black.… Read More »

Party Like It’s D.E. Master Blenders 1753! Sara Lee Spin Begins Trading Today In Amsterdam

Sara Lee (SLE) has been very busy recently putting the finishing touches on the upcoming spinoff of its international coffee and tea business, D.E. Master Blenders International 1753. While it was not a surprise decision, the company’s board of directors recently formally approved the spinoff clearing another hurdle to completion. The transaction is a bit more complicated than usual… Read More »

BAM! Here Comes Another Real Estate Spin

No, Emeril is not in the kitchen, but BAM (Brookfield Asset Management) is certainly spicing things up with the spinoff of its commercial real estate holdings. The new company, Brookfield Property Partners, is expected to include almost all of BAM’s commercial properties including its stakes in Brookfield Office Properties, General Growth Properties [GGP] (and related spins) and the… Read More »