Jetblue Airways


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JetBlue buys Spirit Airlines
Spirit Airlines $SAVE has been the best performing airline stock over the past year after receiving takeover bids from both JetBlue $JBLU and Frontier $ULCC. JetBlue appears to have had the winning bid. Let’s take a closer look at this deal!

In February, $SAVE announced plans to merge with $ULCC leading to the stock’s outperformance. $JBLU then came in with a higher offer and on July 27th Spirit took it. There’s been some interesting price action as a result!

This merger combines two of the smaller players in the industry but the combined airline would have $11B in revenue and represent 10% of the industry according to Forbes.

Anti-trust regulators aren’t happy. They had previously sued to block a combination of American Airlines $AAL and JetBlue $JBLU.

Want to read about what JetBlue $JBLU needs in order for this deal to go through?

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A Weekly Update on Special Situations
  • Kaltura $KLTR confirmed receipt of an unsolicited proposal from Panopto.

  • Spirit $SAVE terminated its merger with Frontier $ULCC, agreed to buyout from JetBlue $JBLU.

  • Vnet Group $VNET MBK Partners reportedly considering making a bid above $8/share proposal VNET previously received.

  • ATN International $ATNI reportedly hired Goldman Sachs and is exploring a sale.

  • Radware $RDWR reportedly a takeover target for CrowdStrike $CRWD.

  • Vizio $VZIO subject of takeover interest from Comcast $CMCSA.

  • PayPal $PYPL gained on reports that Elliott Management took a stake in the company.

  • 3M $MMM announced plan to spin-off its health care business.

  • Labcorp $LH announced the spin-off of its clinical development business from its core lab and diagnostics business.
What Happened Last Week in Special Sits Land?
A lot - here are ten highlights!

  • Kohl's $KSS bidder Franchise Group $FRG is considering lowering its offer to $50 per share.

  • PBF Logistics $PBFX gained as PBF Energy $PBF disclosed it was mulling a takeover bid.

  • Spirit $SAVE amended its merger agreement with Frontier $ULCC, shunning JetBlue’s $JBLU $33.50 per share proposal.

  • Celsius Holdings $CELH may be a takeover target for Pepsi $PEP.

  • Occidental Petroleum $OXY may be the next takeover target of Buffett’s Berkshire $BRKB as it continues to buy additional shares.

  • Seagen $SGEN merger talks with Merck $MRK are reportedly picking up pace.

  • New Relic $NEWR Jana Partners added to its stake.

  • Kellogg $K announced spin-offs of its cereal and plant-based businesses, separating them from its snacking business.

  • Zendesk $ZEN agreed to a buyout by Hellman & Friedman + Permira.
What Happened Last Week in Special Situations?
  • Western Digital $WDC announced review of strategic alternatives after Elliott's push to split.

  • Zymeworks $ZYME adopted shareholder rights plan after All Blue Falcons’ proposal.

  • Aerojet Rocketdyne $AJRD feuding CEO and Chairman filed opposing shareholder presentations.

  • Hasbro $HAS activist Alta Fox lost battle for board seats.

  • Hemisphere Media $HMTV shareholder Edenbrook Capital says takeover price dramatically undervalues company.

  • New Relic $NEWR activist JANA won two board seats.

"Since 2008 [JANA's activism campaigns are] averaging a return of 16.2% versus 9.4% for the S&P 500 over the average nine-month holding period."

  • $GSK spin-off Haleon starts life with target on its back.

"Those factors may lead some investors to steer clear, depressing Haleon’s valuation. It could prove more appealing to a rival...Haleon may find it harder to repel a suitor next time around."

  • Vodafone $VOD preps spinoff of IoT biz.

"Buried in Vodafone's annual report is the revelation that IoT is being prepped for a spinoff. Greater independence from the parent company 'will help to accelerate the platform's growth and attractiveness...'

  • JetBlue $JBLU submitted an improved proposal to acquire Spirit $SAVE.

Did you travel over Memorial Day?
The surge in consumer demand, staff shortages, harsh weather, and high gas prices caused cancellations for many airliners.

Even still, could this increase in demand be an indicator of improved business fundamentals?

Although travel demand has risen in recent months, stock prices for top airliners have continued to fall. $UAL $ALK $AAL $JBLU $DAL $LUV

Counter to the drop in prices, these stocks have seen large increases in quarterly revenue production.

Not all growth is good growth.

As prices for fuel and staff shortages have put pressure on margins, only three of these airlines posted positive net income in their most recent quarter.

For some investors, free cash flow is the better measure of profitability as it shows the cash generated by a business over a given period.

What do you think? Are you a fan of airline stocks now that travel demand is booming?

If you are more of a fan of hotel stocks, or booking sites, Wiijii has you covered with these quick comparisons:

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I did travel over Memorial Day weekend--by car. And since I don't have a Tesla I was feeling well aware of the gas prices. Interesting to see $DAL topping revenue but with negative FCF. What's that about?
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A Weekly Update on Special Situations
Covetrus $CVET received $21 / share proposal from CD&R and TPG to acquire remaining outstanding shares.

Griffon $GFF initiated review of strategic alternatives.

Kohl’s $KSS said final bids will be submitted in the coming weeks; skepticism regarding a deal is growing amid poor financial results.

Spirit $SAVE bidder JetBlue $JBLU announced a $30 / share hostile tender offer.

Electronic Arts $EA rumored to have had takeover discussions with Amazon $AMZN, Disney $DIS, Apple $AAPL; held discussions with Comcast $CMCSA regarding merger with NBC Universal.

Hemisphere Media Group $HMTV shareholder Edenbrook Capital sent letter to the board expressing displeasure with sale price.

MiMedx Group $MDXG released a presentation in response to activists, highlighting its standalone value creation plan.

Republic First Bancorp $FRBK chairman Hill removed from role, filed lawsuit against company.

Turtle Beach $HEAR entered into cooperation agreement with Donerail Group.
Your newsletter and compiling all this stuff to share is always incredible! Thank you for the work you’re doing
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A Weekly Update on Happenings in Special Situations
  • Bally’s $BALY rejected Standard General’s takeover proposal and announced a $300 - $500mm tender offer.

  • Spirit Airlines $SAVE rejected JetBlue’s $JBLU takeover proposal due to regulatory concerns and reiterated support for the merger with Frontier $ULCC.

  • Radius Global Infrastructure $RADI reportedly exploring strategic options including a sale.

  • Ubisoft $UBSFY founding family is considering a take-private in light of private equity interest.

  • Chesapeake Energy $CHK in discussions with activist Kimmeridge regarding changes to boost value.

  • Hasbro $HAS activist Ancora disclosed a 1% stake, backed the other activist (Alta Fox), called for a board refresh, and sale of eOne business.

  • Western Digital $WDC activist Elliott disclosed a 6% stake and proposed separation of its businesses, suggesting 100%+ upside.

  • Vista Outdoor $VSTO announced a plan to separate via a spin-off of its outdoor products segment.

  • Funko $FNKO 25% stake acquired by The Chernin Group, eBay $EBAY, Bob Iger, and Rich Paul.
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