Month: February 2016

Is Time, Inc. Right For Yahoo Core Reverse Morris Trust Spin?

Under pressure, once again, from Starboard following the abandonment of its plan to spin off its huge stake in Alibaba(BABA), Yahoo(YHOO) has formed an independent committee of its Board Of Directors to explore strategic alternatives. The Board has formed a Strategic Review Committee of independent directors to lead this effort, with the assistance and support of management. The… Read More »

Manitowoc Foodservice Spin Set For Early March Leaving Independent Crane Business

Farewell Foodservice! Manitowoc’s (MTW) board of directors formally approved the spinoff of Manitowoc Foodservice, its foodservice equipment segment, last week. The new company will trade on the NYSE under the ticker ‘MFS’ and on March 4th, shareholders will receive one share of MFS for every MTW share owned. A ‘When-Issued’ market is expected to begin on or around February… Read More »

The End Of A Conglomerate – ADT & Tyco International Both Scooped Up

Grab a tissue and say farewell to the Tyco (TYC) name. The former high flying conglomerate has a complicated history full of acquisitions (lots of those), strategy shifts, scandal ($6,000 shower curtains!) and of course, a lot of spinoffs. Current DuPont (DD) CEO Ed Breen smashed the company apart not once, but twice, creating three entities in both… Read More »

Will New Management And Cash Save Tribune Publishing?

Tribune Publishing (TPUB), a 2014 spinoff from Tribune Media, received a large cash infusion of over $44m from Chicago entrepreneur Michael Ferro last week week in exchange for 5.2m shares. Mr. Ferro will become TPUB’s largest shareholder with ~16.6% of the shares and will join the company’s Board of Directors, replacing Eddy Hartenstein as Executive Chairman. Interestingly, Mr. Ferro… Read More »

GSK CEO Witty Still Not Interested In A Consumer Spinoff…For Now

With a diverse business portfolio and some enterprising competitors, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been the subject of spinoff rumors for years. So far, the company has opted to not pursue any divestitures of that nature and that will remain the case for some time if CEO Andrew Witty has his way. Well…at least regarding the consumer unit. While discussing the… Read More »

WestRock’s Ingevity Spin Pushed Back To May

Wall Street loves spinoffs, but these transactions are hardly simple affairs to execute. There is a reason most of them take more than 9 months to consummate. After pushing off the expected completion date of Ingevity’s spinoff again, it seems WestRock (WRK) is learning that fact the hard way. The specialty chemical spinoff is now expected to be… Read More »