Saks Inc (NYSE:SKS) Investor Files Lawsuit Over Alleged Wrongdoing In Takeover By Hudson's Bay Company

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Case Name: 
Saks Deal Case 08/05/2013
Case Status: 
Lawsuit Filed
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Lawsuit Overview
Type of Lawsuit: 
Mergers and Acquisition
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August 6, 2013 (Shareholders Foundation) - An investor, who currently holds shares of Saks Inc (NYSE:SKS), filed a lawsuit in effort to halt the proposed takeover of Saks Inc by Hudson's Bay Company for $16.00 per NYSE:SKS share.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties owed to NYSE:SKS stockholder arising out of the attempt to sell Saks Inc too cheaply via an unfair process to Hudson’s Bay Company.0

On July 29, 2013, Hudson's Bay Company and Saks Incorporated announced that they have entered into a merger agreement whereby Hudson's Bay Company will acquire Saks for US$16.00 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately US$2.9 billion, including debt.

However, the plaintiff alleges that the $16-offer is too low and undervalues the company. Indeed, at least one analyst has set the high target price for NYSE:SKS at $18.50 per share. Furthermore, Saks’ financial performance improved lately. For instance, Saks Inc reported that its Total Revenue rose from over $2.63 billion for the 52 weeks period that ended on Jan. 30, 2010 to over $3.14 billion for the 53 weeks period that ended on Feb. 2, 2013 and that its Net Loss of $57.92 million for the 52 weeks period that ended on Jan. 30, 2010 turned into a Net Income of $62.88 million for the 53 weeks period that ended on Feb. 2, 2013. Additionally, shares of Saks Inc (NYSE:SKS) grew from $1.55 per share in March 2009 to as high as $15.89 per share on July 19, 2013.

In addition, the plaintiff claims that the process is also unfair to NYSE:SKS investors. The plaintiff alleges that defendants agreed to deal protection devices such as a limited go-shop followed by a strict-no solicitation provision, a matching rights provision, and a $73.50 million termination fee provision, that serve to prevent other bidders from making a successful competing offer for the company.

On August 6, 2013, NYSE:SKS shares closed at $16.135 per share.