Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE) Investor Lawsuit Over Alleged Wrongdoing In Acquisition By EQT Corporation

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Company Name(s): 
Rice Energy
Case Name: 
Rice Energy Deal Case 08/11/2017
Case Status: 
Lawsuit Filed
Affected Securities
NYSE: RICE
Lawsuit Overview
Type of Lawsuit: 
Mergers and Acquisition
Date Filed: 
08/11/2017
Summary: 

August 14, 2017 (Shareholders Foundation) - An investor, who currently holds shares of Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE), filed a lawsuit in effort to halt the proposed takeover of Rice Energy Inc. by EQT Corporation for a value of approximately $27.04 per share.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties owed to NYSE:RICE stockholders by agreeing to sell Rice Energy Inc. cheaply via an unfair process to EQT Corporation.

On June 19, 2017, EQT Corporation (NYSE:EQT) and Rice Energy Inc. (NYSE:RICE) announce that they have entered into an merger agreement under which EQT Corporartion will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Rice Energy Inc common stock for total consideration of approximately $6.7 billion – consisting of 0.37 shares of EQT common stock and $5.30 in cash per share of Rice Energy Inc common stock. The value of the transaction, based on EQT's closing stock price as of June 16, 2017, is approximately $27.04 per Rice Energy share.

However, plaintiff claims that the proposed consideration NYSE:RICE shareholders will receive with EQT Corporation offer is grossly inadequate and undervalues Rice Energy Inc. Indeed, at least one analyst has set the high target price for NYSE:RICE shares at $40.00 per share. Furthermore, Rice Energy Inc reported that its annual Total Revenue rose from $502.14 million in 2015 to $778.91 million in 2016. Shares of Rice Energy Inc (NYSE:RICE) reached in June 2014 as high as $33.05 per share In addition, the plaintiff alleges that the process is also unfair NYSE:RICE stockholders