Tag Archives: Starboard Value Fund

Spinoff Odds and Ends: M&A Edition- Gannett, The Best Digital First Can Get?

Let’s kick off the week with some deal talk. Last week we touched on Apollo’s (APO) potential buyout of Arconic (ARNC) and if completed, it would just be another example of spinoff/parent company being taken out. Once the separation announcement is made or even the ‘strategic alternatives’ one, the market knows that a sale is possible. In that vein,… Read More »

Starboard Threatens War On Yahoo – Are They Part Of The Problem Though?

Yahoo (YHOO) had a tough year in 2015. The core business continued declining, key employees fled and its plans to deliver shareholder value by spinning off its Alibaba (BABA) stake into a standalone company was effectively derailed by the IRS. Unfortunately for the company and its beleaguered CEO Marissa Meyer, the start of 2016 isn’t looking much better… Read More »

Starboard Makes Its Mark On All Four Corners Of Darden With November Real Estate Spinoff

After successfully tossing out the entire board of directors at Darden (DRI) last year, Jeffrey Smith’s Starboard Value fund quickly moved on executing its agenda. After all, a dominating win like that sort of gives one that kind of mandate. One of the first moves was eliminating the ‘interim’ tag from CEO Gene Lee. Next came the expected… Read More »

Starboard Gets Its Specialty Chemical Spinoff At MeadWestvaco

Some activist funds like to work behind the scenes and then there are the others which seem to be in the news almost every day. A day after making waves at Yahoo (YHOO), Jeffrey Smith’s Starboard Value fund was back in the news after long time target MeadWestvaco (MWV) announced plans to spin off its specialty chemical business… Read More »

Darden’s Latest Appeasement Offer Also Rejected By Starboard

Immediately after closing the sale of Red Lobster to Golden Gate Capital, Darden (DRI) began begging for forgiveness from its spurned activist shareholders. CEO Clarence Otis got sacrificed at the altar resigned and the company announced that it would let Starboard nominate three members to its board who would run unopposed. Starboard was not satisfied with this offer though and… Read More »

Darden Battle Heats Up After CEO Otis Agrees To Step Down

With the $2.1b sale of Red Lobster to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital all wrapped up, the battle for Darden (DRI) has officially entered the next phase. For a quick and abridged refresher on the situation, the ailing restaurant company was recently assailed by two activist firms pushing for numerous changes including a spinoff of its slower growing restaurants, Red Lobster… Read More »

CNBC’s Delivering Alpha Conference: A Look At The Spinoff Names

Titans of the hedge fund industry, including John Paulson, Carl Icahn, Nelson Peltz (and many more), gathered at the Pierre Hotel this past Wednesday for CNBC’s Delivering Alpha conference. There was a lot of Fed talk (Stanley Druckenmiller is not a fan), musings on the economy and of course, the proverbial ‘talking up the book’. It took a… Read More »

Housecleaning – Cleaning Up The Upcoming Spinoff List

The spinoff world is always changing and it takes a lot of effort to stay abreast of the news. As a result, it has been some time since we have checked in on some names which appear to have been buried at the bottom of the ‘Upcoming Spinoffs’ list. So here is our attempt at a little ‘spring cleaning’:… Read More »