Consumer Stocks Slipping; Jos. A. Bank Drops Hostile Bid for Men's Wearhouse
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Consumer stocks are slightly lower in afternoon trading, with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 falling 0.2%. Shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 are down about 0.1%.
In company news, Jos. A. Bank ( JOSB ) dropped its hostile bid for rival Men's Wearhouse ( MW ), prompting MW's largest individual shareholder to launch a proxy fight to oust the current MW board and force a deal.
Eminence Capital, which owns about 9.8% of MW's stock, this morning proposed changing the company's bylaws to allow shareholders to remove directors without cause, filing a preliminary solicitation statement with market regulators. It also is seeking a special meeting of MW shareholders to vote on the proposed bylaw changes to remove sitting directors before the company's next annual meeting.
Under Texas law, a special meeting can be called with the support of at least 10% of a company's shareholders.
JOSB terminated its $48 per share cash buyout offer today and said it would now consider other strategic options, citing the refusal of the MW board to discuss a possible deal. But it left the door ajar for a possible acquisition, stating it would "immediately consider whether a new proposal ... is warranted," should the MW board change its stance on its offer.
JOSB last traded 0.7% higher at $50.67 apiece, reversing a steep pre-market decline, while MW is up 0.8% at $46.47 a share.
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