Case: Jack In the box up for sale
Jack In the Box (ticker: JACK) which has been the target of two activist investors (Jana Partners and Blue Harbour Group, both having filed 13Ds) is putting it self up for sale according to Reuters. The stock was up 6% today on the sale rumors. One analyst speculated that if JACK sells for the same multiple as Sonic fast food (sold to Arby's parent Inspire Brands a few months ago at 16x trailing EBITDA) it would result in a $115 share price, a nearly 30% premium to today's closing price of $88.54 per share. He goes on to say that this would be on the higher end of a potential sale price.
See CNBC article here for more on the rumors.
Both Jana and Blue Harbour stated in their 13D filings (filed in February and November 2018 respectively) that they thought JACK was a undervalued or a good investment. Further they also mentioned they would be having strategic discussions with JACK board and management on ways to unlock shareholder value. It will be interesting to see how much JACK eventually gets sold for.
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Note that the writer of this post has a long position in JACK.
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