Month: February 2013

Can You Hear Us Now? 9 Shareholders Sue Siemens To Overturn Shareholder Vote To Spin Off Osram- Due To Bad Acoustics

Earlier this year, Siemens(SI) shareholders overwhelmingly approved the spinoff of 80.5% of Osram at the company’s annual meeting. Or did they? Though it was reported that 98% of shareholders who cast votes were in favor of the spin off, a group of shareholders has now stepped forward to challenge the vote.  While this lawsuit is pending, the company… Read More »

Spinoff From Leucadia Complete, Crimson Wine Group Begins Trading Under CWGL Ticker

We wrote previously about the planned spinoff by Leucadia(LUK) of Crimson Wine Group(CWGL). There was much discussion and speculation as Lucadia’s managment are among the most successful investors of the last few decades, this was their personal project being spun off as a result of the merger with Jefferies(JEF), the distribution ratio of 1 share of CWGL for… Read More »

Illinois Tool Works Explores Options For Industrial Packaging

Illinois Tool Works (ITW) has been going through quite the transformation over the past year or so after being egged on by activist investor Ralph Whitworth. The company sold a 51% stake in its decorative surfaces division last year and last week it announced that it was ‘exploring strategic alternatives’ for its industrial packing unit. This seems to fit… Read More »

Demand Gives Ballpark Margins On Business Units During Conference Call

Earlier this week, Demand Media(DMD) announced plans to split into a domain registration business and a content business.  Though the opportunity seems promising, it was difficult to evaluate without the numbers for the business broken out, which, to our knowledge, the company had not done publicly. We were pleased, then, to read the transcript of the conference call… Read More »

United Online Finds Spinoff Process Full Of Thorns, Pushes Back FTD Spinoff Again

When United Online (UNTD) first announced plans to spin off its FTD floral business last summer, the company anticipated it would be completed this quarter. In November, the company hoped to complete the transaction by August.  Yesterday, the company released its fourth quarter earnings, and now hopes to complete the transaction by the end of the third quarter.… Read More »

Georgia (Gulf) On My Mind, Or Is It Axiall?: Investors Sing An Old Sweet Song as An Exchange Offer Brings Profits, New Name

The trend towards tax-efficient divestitures continues with Axiall (AXLL) – previously called Georgia Gulf Corporation – obtaining PPG’s (PPG) former commodity chemicals business using a Reverse Morris Trust.  The trend of using Reverse Morris Trusts to ‘sell’ divisions has been previously reported by Stock Spinoffs here. In the transaction, PPG created a short-lived spinoff, Eagle Spinco, and allowed… Read More »

Grounded! American Eagle’s Fate Still TBD Amidst Post-Bankruptcy Merger

M&A is back. Last week witnessed the return of some rather large deals including the $11b US Airways (LCC) takeover of AMR (AAMRQ), parent of American Airlines. The deal is expected to close later this year and you can click here for more details on the transaction. One of the many issues which remain to be sorted out… Read More »

We Demand A Spin! Demand Media Announces Plan To Spin Off Domain Registration Business

Ever since its IPO, we have thought Demand Media(DMD) to be a strange beast- a content farm with a domain registration business bolted on.  Well, the company announced today that it will be loosening those bolts and spinning off the domain registration business to shareholders. The company hopes to complete the spin in the next nine to twelve… Read More »

13F Time: Bill Ackman Sells Alexander & Baldwin, Nelson Peltz Sells Kraft and Mondelez, Dan Loeb Buys Abbott and AbbVie

13F season is always fun as it provides a rare (albeit delayed) glimpse into the thinking of large money managers and hedge funds. Of course, due to the significant time lag (~45 days), the exclusion of certain securities (shorts, derivatives etc.) and varying investment strategies and holding periods, the usefulness of such data is…questionable in many cases. Not… Read More »

Dean Foods Confirms Plans To Spinoff WhiteWave This Year

Some more spinoff news from the current earnings season. Dean Foods (DF) reported disappointing Q4 numbers, but buried within the press release were plans for its ~86% stake in the WhiteWave Foods Company (WWAV). Dean plans on spinning off a chunk of those shares to shareholders in a tax free transaction after its lockup period expires, likely at… Read More »

Time For A Spin? Will People Join The Meredith Family Circle?

Time Warner(TWX) is no stranger to spinoffs. The company once known as AOL Time Warner lost the AOL(AOL) in what has proven to be a successful spin- much more successful, certainly, than the disastrous merger, perhaps the worst in American history, which brought the two firms together. Earlier in 2009, the company spun off Time Warner Cable(TWC). And… Read More »

Valero Updates Its CST Brands Spinoff

Earnings season is always chock full of spinoff news. Valero (VLO) recently provided updates on its upcoming retail segment spinoff during its Q4 conference call and during a presentation at the Credit Suisse Energy Summit. PDF versions of the transcript & presentation can be found here. The new company, CST Brands, operates ~1,900 retail fuel and merchandise sites… Read More »

Raise Your Glass To Leucadia’s Crimson Wine Group Spinoff

Leucadia (LUK) is one of those low key companies which has done a superb job for shareholders. The company has grown Book Value per share at an 18.5% CAGR and shareholder equity at over 19% since 1979. Not bad. No fancy homepage for this company, instead the spartan website offers up some links to the company’s SEC filings… Read More »

ERA Group Now Officially Flying Solo

Seacor Holdings (CKH) announced that it had successfully completed the spinoff of Era Group (ERA) which began trading on the NYSE on Friday under the ticker ‘ERA’. Shareholders should have received 1 share of ERA for every share of Seacor owned. ERA was well received and closed up ~6% on the day. For a fuller writeup on the… Read More »