By Dow Jones Business News,
June 06, 2014, 06:02:00 PM EDT
By Josh Beckerman
Carl Icahn reported a 9.4% stake in Family Dollar Stores Inc. and announced plans to seek discussions with the
retailer to discuss "strategies to enhance shareholder value," potentially including the exploration of strategic
Family Dollar shares, down nearly 7% in 2014, jumped more than 10% in after-hours trading following the news.
Mr. Icahn said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that he and his affiliates "may also
determine to seek shareholder board representation if appropriate." The filing called Family Dollar's stock "
Family Dollar has struggled amid growing competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which is opening smaller locations,
and rival dollar-store chains.
In April, Family Dollar--which caters to low-income shoppers and has more than 8,100 locations--said it planned to
slow down store growth next fiscal year. In contrast, rivals Dollar General Corp. and Dollar Tree Inc. are charging
ahead with their expansion plans.
Icahn joins other notable asset managers in owning Family Dollar. Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP possesses
a 7.4% stake, according to FactSet, while John Paulson's Paulson & Co. has a 5.7% stake.
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