Walgreens Is Battling Its Former Finance Chief, And It's Getting Ugly
The drug store behemoth is out to acquire all of the UK's Alliance Boots, forming one of the world's largest pharmacy companies. But its former CFO just lobbed serious accusations at the company, which has left it scrambling to clean up its image.
How Bill Ackman Made The Trains Run On Time In Canada
Pershing Square Capital has orchestrated one of the biggest turnarounds in railroad (and, arguably, corporate) history. Now, as the question of rail mergers looms large, here's a look back at how the hedge fund pulled it off and raked in billions.
Exclusive: Olive Garden Server Representing Restaurant's Employees Says "Things Need To Change"
As the heated battle between Darden Restaurants and hedge fund Starboard Value comes to a head, an Olive Garden employee representing the restaurant's workers spoke exclusively to BuzzFeed News about what life at the chain is really like. "There are things that need to change."
Every Member Of Olive Garden Owner's Board Should Be Replaced, Says Adviser
One of two leading leading proxy advisory firms has recommended shareholders of Olive Garden parent Darden replace the entire board with activist hedge fund Starboard Value's slate of 12 nominees. The news comes as Starboard is preparing to meet with Darden employees who have threatened direct action ahead of next month's annual shareholder meeting.
John Oliver Makes An Olive Garden Commercial From Hedge Fund's Powerpoint Presentation
Starboard Value's meticulously detailed takedown of Olive Garden, which claims the restaurants gives away too many free breadsticks, overuses salad dressing, and doesn't salt the water before cooking its pasta, made it to Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.
Olive Garden Owner Defends Breadstick Strategy As Conveying "Italian Generosity"
Four days after an activist hedge fund released an eviscerating analysis on the state of Olive Garden restaurants, claiming it was giving away too many breadsticks and doesn't salt the water before cooking its pasta, among other things, parent company Darden responds.
Herbalife CEO: Eventually We'll Be A Fortune 100 Company
During the company's second quarter earnings call, CEO Michael Johnson defended Herbalife's earnings miss and recent hiring of a government affairs official by sharing his grand vision for its future. The comments come a week after Bill Ackman's Herbalife presentation in New York at which he vehemently insisted the company was a giant pyramid scheme.
Darden Chairman And CEO Will Step Down As Red Lobster Sale Closes
Darden Restaurants announced late Monday that CEO Clarence Otis will be stepping down after 10 years with the fast casual dining giant. His departure follows the company's sale of Red Lobster to private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
How The Owner Of JDate And Christian Mingle Lost At The Business Of Love
Spark Networks, owner of JDate, Christian Mingle, and other dating websites, is facing a fierce activist campaign by the hedge fund Osmium Partners, which is looking to unseat the board and force a sale of the troubled company.
Lending Company World Acceptance Is Now The Subject Of Yet Another Investigation
World Acceptance, a controversial lending company that has long been a short target of hedge funds, was forced to disclose an investigation by the Consumer Protection Bureau and a separate investigation of securities fraud, causing the stock to tank.
Men's Wearhouse Finally Reaches $1.8 Billion Deal To Acquire Jos. A. Bank
In reaching an agreement today to acquire Jos. A. Bank for $65 per share, Men's Wearhouse has ended the months-long battle to merge the two suit retailers. The combined companies will have over 1,700 stores in the U.S. and sales of $3.5 billion.
Exclusive: Emails Reveal Deceased Hedge Fund Manager Refused To Join Bill Gates' "Worthless" Giving Pledge
Bill Gates tried to get hedge fund founder Robert W. Wilson, who committed suicide over the weekend, to join his giving pledge. Wilson, who gave away hundreds of millions of dollars of his personal fortune on his own, politely told Gates he wanted to "stay far away" from his effort.
As part of a settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, hedge fund manager Philip Falcone was banned from trading for 5 years and fined $18 million.Most significantly, and unlike in most of these types of cases, the founder of Harbinger Capital Partners was forced to admit to wrongdoing as part of the deal.