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Apr 23, 2014

Darden investor wins backing for vote on Red Lobster divestiture

April 22 (Reuters) – Darden Restaurant Inc will have
to call a shareholder meeting to vote on Starboard Value LP’s
proposal to delay the company’s plan to spin off its struggling
Red Lobster chain, after the activist investor secured the
support of a majority of the company’s shareholders.

Starboard has received written requests to call a special
meeting from shareholders representing about 55.5 percent of the
largest U.S. full-service restaurant operator’s outstanding
shares, Starboard Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Smith said in
a letter to the company.

Apr 22, 2014

Darden investor wins backing for vote on Red Lobster spin off: CNBC

By Siddharth Cavale

(Reuters) – Darden Restaurant Inc (DRI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has 60 days to call a shareholder meeting to vote on activist investor Starboard Value LP’s proposal to delay the company’s plan to spin off its struggling Red Lobster chain, CNBC reported.

The special meeting has to be called as Starboard got consent from 54 percent of the shareholders of the largest U.S. full service restaurant operator, CNBC said, citing sources familiar with the issue. (link.reuters.com/ruw68v)

Apr 16, 2014

Small is beautiful for Coca-Cola as volumes soar in China

By Siddharth Cavale and Adam Jourdan

(Reuters) – Strong sales volume growth in China helped The Coca-Cola Co (KO.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) beat quarterly revenue estimates as lower-priced, smaller soda bottles and juices attracted more price and health-conscious shoppers in the world’s second largest economy.

Case volumes in China rose 12 percent in the first quarter of the year, boosted by marketing campaigns around the key Chinese New Year holiday shopping period, helping drive a global two percent rise in volumes.

Apr 15, 2014

Coca-Cola sales beat estimates as China volumes soar

By Siddharth Cavale

(Reuters) – Coca-Cola Co reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue as strong sales in China more than offset a drop in Europe and flat volumes in North America.

Coke’s shares, which had fallen 3.4 percent in the 12 months to Monday’s close, were up 3 percent in early trading.

Apr 9, 2014

Constellation Brands forecast hit by higher costs to meet beer demand

By Siddharth Cavale

(Reuters) – Constellation Brands Inc (STZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it expects to spend upto $1.1 billion – almost double its previous forecast – to increase capacity at a Mexican brewery, hurting its full-year profit and cash flow forecasts and sending its shares down 5 percent.

The company, which makes Svedka Vodka and Robert Mondavi wine, also reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter quarter profit, helped by strong sales of beers such as Corona and Modelo in the United States.

Apr 3, 2014

Liberty Media to slash stake in Barnes & Noble

By Phil Wahba and Siddharth Cavale

(Reuters) – John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp said on Thursday it has sold almost all of its stake in Barnes & Noble Inc, ending a nearly three-year bet that the struggling retailer would emerge as a dominant seller of e-books.

The sale of Liberty’s shares, expected to close April 8, means the departure of one of the bookseller’s biggest investors, as well as the exit of Liberty Media Chief Executive Greg Maffei, a respected dealmaker, from Barnes & Noble’s board.

Mar 13, 2014

Peltz blasts PepsiCo again, seeks details on operations, strategy

By Siddharth Cavale

(Reuters) – Activist investor Nelson Peltz, who has been pushing PepsiCo Inc (PEP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) to separate its beverage and snacks businesses, blasted the company yet again on Thursday and demanded answers on operational issues and its corporate strategy.

Peltz’s Trian Fund Management, which owns nearly 1 percent of PepsiCo’s stock, has been urging the company to split its flourishing snacks division from its sluggish beverage business to create “two leaner and more entrepreneurial companies.”

Mar 11, 2014

Men’s Wearhouse stitches up deal to buy Jos. A. Bank

March 11 (Reuters) – Men’s Wearhouse Inc said it
would acquire rival Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc for
about $1.8 billion, ending a five-month saga that started with
Jos. A. Bank offering to buy its larger menswear rival.

The companies, operating in a mature market, have bid and
counterbid for each other since October when Jos. A. Bank
offered to buy Men’s Wearhouse for about $2.3 billion.

Mar 7, 2014

MasterCard, Visa form group to push for better card security

By Aman Shah and Siddharth Cavale

(Reuters) – Visa Inc and MasterCard Inc said they had launched a cross-industry group to improve security for card transactions and press U.S. retailers and banks to meet a 2015 deadline to adopt technology that would make it safer to pay with plastic.

The move follows several data breaches at U.S. retailers, including one at Target Corp late last year involving the theft of about 40 million credit and debit card records.

Feb 27, 2014

Hedge fund manager Loeb launches proxy battle at Sotheby’s

By Svea Herbst-Bayliss and Siddharth Cavale

(Reuters) – Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb is mounting a proxy fight at Sotheby’s with the goal of winning three board seats after the auction house’s promise to return $450 million to shareholders failed to appease activist investors.

Loeb’s $14 billion Third Point, Sotheby’s biggest investor with a 9.53 percent stake, said on Thursday in a regulatory filing that it is proposing a slate that includes Loeb, restructuring expert Harry Wilson and former investment banker Olivier Reza.