Wall Street trusts billionaire David Murdock of Dole Food Co. to repay his debts but doesn’t agree with his valuation logic.
Murdock succeeded in taking the Westlake Village-based firm private on Oct. 31 in a deal that valued the company at more than $1.6 billion when counting net debt, fees and expenses. At the same time, investors clamored to help Murdock take on debt to finance the deal, with a reported order book of more than $10.5 billion for only $300 million in debt.
Westlake Village-based Dole Food Co.’s stock soared more than 21 percent Tuesday morning as CEO David Murdock made a cash offer of $12 a share for the 60 percent of the company he doesn’t own in a deal valued at $1.1 billion. Dole is one of the biggest producers and importers of fresh fruit and Read More →
Shares of Westlake Village-based footwear firm K-Swiss soared 48 percent on the morning of Jan. 17 after the company agreed to a $170 million buyout. E.Land World Ltd. of South Korea offered to pay $4.75 per share for K-Swiss, which has struggled with huge losses in recent years as sales of its iconic white tennis Read More →
Westlake Village-based First California Bank has rejected an unsolicited all-stock takeover offer from Los Angeles-based PacWest Bancorp at $7.25 a share, 32 percent higher than First California’s recent trading price. For its part, PacWest has signaled publicly that it now wants to enlist the energy of disgruntled First California shareholders to help push through a Read More →