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Getting To Know Bill Ackman: Part IV Sears Holdings (SHLD) Canada

Getting To Know Bill Ackman: Part IV Sears Canada

Sears Canada Inc. was a majority-owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) Corporation . The remainder of its common stock was listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and held by public stockholders. Pershing Square began investing in Sears Canada in February 2005.

In December 2005, SHLD announced its intention to take Sears CA private through a two-step process consisting of an offer of CAD$16.86 per share for the 46% that it did not already own, followed by a second-step transaction to cash out non-tendering holders. Sears Holdings also entered into a lock-up agreement with a shareholder with a 9.1% ownership stake in Sears Canada, providing for such shareholder to tender its shares into the offer. In response, the board of directors of Sears Canada formed a special committee, which retained an independent financial advisor. The independent financial advisor determined that the offer price was inadequate and valued the stock of Sears Canada at...