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Tessera Sees Spin Potential For Imaging & Optics

Catching up on some news, Tessera Technologies (TSRA) announced in early April that it has hired GCA Savvian Advisors to explore strategic options for its imaging and optics business, including potentially spinning off the division. In the company’s words, the unit provides “cost-effective, high-quality camera functionality in consumer electronic products through technologies that include Extended Depth of Field… Read More »

Carrefour Delays Property Spin

Amazing just how quickly plans can change. Just a few months after announcing a grand restructuring plan including two spinoffs, French retailer Carrefour (CRERY) has shelved plans to spin off 25% of its property unit. Carrefour’s stock price has suffered since the spin announcements and the moves were generally derided by analysts and investors as not creating much… Read More »

Williams Has A Spin In Its Pipeline

The energy and E&P business has been no stranger to spinoffs and over the past few years numerous companies have pursued this strategy to unlock shareholder value. So it was no big surprise when in February Williams Companies (WMB) announced plans to split itself into two. To be fair, another reason the announcement wasn’t much of a surprise… Read More »

Expedia Books TripAdvisor On The Next Flight Out

Companies with histories of spin-offs seem to have a penchant for that particular corporate transaction. Expedia (EXPE), which was spun out of IAC in 2005, announced today that they are planning on splitting the company into two separate pieces, TripAdvisor and Expedia Inc. TripAdvisor will run the current TripAdvisor Media Group, the world’s largest travel site, while Expedia… Read More »

CVR Finally Goes To Market

With the economy improving, markets roaring and volatility seemingly subsiding, companies are no longer afraid of approaching the capital markets. As a result, previously shelved spinoffs are now resurfacing. The latest is this week’s IPO of CVR Partners, the nitrogen fertilizer MLP subsidiary of CVR Energy (CVI). The IPO idea was first floated in 2008, but market conditions… Read More »

The SunCoke Rises Again

Sunoco (SUN) announced that the spinoff of SunCoke Energy took another step towards completion last week, as the company filed an S-1 registration statement with the SEC.  Many were nervous that the spin would be derailed due to litigation with ArcelorMittal (MT), one of SunCoke’s largest customers, however that issue appears to have been resolved via settlement. From… Read More »

IDT Also Thinks Good Things Come In Twos

Spinoffs have been relatively popular recently and you know how ‘fads’ go. Once a trend begins, people (in this case companies) try to one up another by going bigger. Better. Bolder. One spinoff isn’t enough anymore so Fortune Brands (FO), ITT (ITT) and even Carrefour (CRERY) went for two. Please give a hearty welcome to the newest member… Read More »

The Spinoff Roundup

A brief summary of spinoff news with a dash of the rumor mill mixed in – enjoy the first Spinoff Roundup. Readers – what is the interest level (if any) in non-US traded spinoffs? Newscorp (NWS) announced plans to spin off Sky News in order to gain government approval for its takeover of British Sky Broadcasting. The spin… Read More »

Long Live The Pollo?

Maybe it’s not so good to be the king. While announcing its Q4 and FY 2010 earnings, Carrols Restaurant Group (TAST) announced plans to separate its Hispanic brands from its Burger King franchises (Q&A transcript here). The new company will operate the Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurants while Carrols will continue to run Burger King franchises, where,… Read More »

Medtronic Revives Physio-Control Spinoff

In an attempt to mimic the company’s lifesaving products, Medtronic (MDT) announced that plans to divest its Physio-Control subsidiary have been revived. While overshadowed by broader restructuring plans, the Physio announcement was made during the company’s Q3 earnings release and elaborated on (a bit) during the conference call by the company’s CFO, Gary Ellis (Q&A portion here). Unfortunately,… Read More »

The End Is Nigh For Seahawk and Pride

The final chapter of the Pride International (PDE)/Seahawk Drilling (HAWK) spinoff is nearly complete. Our earlier post noted that both companies were struggling and considering their respective strategic options. Two companies with the same goal, yet oh so different outcomes. Here is a quick update: Pride, an offshore rig contractor with a deep-water focus and international exposure,  agreed… Read More »

Marriott Thinks Its Time(share) For A Spinoff

Anyone else have this experience? A friend suggests a fantastic trip and the best part of all is that he ‘found’ a cheap stay at a nice hotel. The catch? Wasting half of a precious vacation day sitting through a hard sell for a timeshare. Ouch. While it’s fun to see how many freebies the company will throw… Read More »

Nobody Does It Like Sara Lee?

What an exciting month January was for Sara Lee (SLE). To recap: Brazilian meat processor JBS SA’s bid of $17.50/share is rejected by the board as too low. Rumors of a spinoff begin to surface, but private equity buyers begin to circle and JBS SA plans on increasing their offer. A short while later, the board rejects the… Read More »

Recent Spinoff Motorola Mobility Falls On Slowing Sales

Image via Wikipedia Just weeks after its debut, Motorola Mobility(MMI) warned that sales were slowing in the face of Verizon’s iPhone introduction.  Despite reporting a profit and beating analyst estimates by $.01, the stock traded down sharply as the company projected a loss for the current quarter. Analysts had, on average expected earnings of $.01 for the current… Read More »

It’s Official Now – Aperam Spun Off From ArcelorMittal

Image via Wikipedia Not surprisingly, an ‘overwhelming majority’ of ArcelorMittal (MT) shareholders approved the spinoff of its stainless and specialty steel businesses today. The new company, Aperam, will be a global leader in stainless steel production, an industry which has been plagued with overcapacity and hurt by the global slowdown. The spin is more conducive to industry consolidation… Read More »