Appaloosa Offers Olive Branch To Dana, Centerbridge

Oct 5 2007 | 12:48pm ET

If you can’t beat’em, join’em: Activist hedge fund Appaloosa Partners, whose proposal to bail out auto parts maker Dana Corp. is losing out to one offered by private equity firm Centerbridge Capital Partners, has suggested that the two firms join forces.

In a letter to Dana’s board of directors yesterday, James Bolin of Appaloosa continued to rail against the Centerbridge deal, which his firm claims destroys shareholder value. Dana accepted Centerbridge’s offer in July.

Though Appaloosa’s deal “is materially superior” to Centerbridge’s, “your professionals and certain of your constituents intend to resist it while you go through the motions of a formal ‘auction’ process,” Bolin complained. But then he offered Centerbridge an olive branch, albeit one that the New York-based p.e. firm is unlikely to accept.

“While we believe that our Sept. 21 proposal offers the greatest value to the estate, we are certainly amenable to discussing compromises or alternatives that could further enhance the transaction for all parties,” he wrote. “For example, we could envision a potential transaction structure in which Centerbridge invests $250 million in the Series A Preferred stock with controlling governance provisions, and Appaloosa provides the fund for $500 million Series B Preferred Stock investment and rights of offering.”

Appaloosa is Toledo, Ohio-based Dana’s largest shareholder, and also claims to be a major holder of Dana debt.

Bolin added that Appaloosa’s offer expires on Oct. 9, putting to rest questions that the recent General Motors’ strike had voided its proposal.


In Depth

Q&A: Open Season For Closed-End Funds

Aug 29 2014 | 10:00am ET

When Maury Fertig and Bob Huffman, former Salomon Brothers coworkers, launched...

Lifestyle

Och Funds Women In Finance Initiative At U-M

Aug 28 2014 | 3:01pm ET

Och-Ziff Capital founder Daniel Och and his wife have made a "generous donation"...

Guest Contributor

Looking Ahead: What’s In Store For Managed Futures?

Aug 22 2014 | 12:52pm ET

The last five years were phenomenal for investors in equity indices. Will the next...

 

Editor's Note

    Get A Sneak Peak Of The Alpha Pages

    Aug 25 2014 | 11:21am ET

    As many of you know, FINalternatives was recently acquired by the owners of Futures magazine, a firm called The Alpha Pages LLC. Today marks the soft-launch of a new sister site for both publications. As its name suggests, The Alpha Pages will cover all types of alternative investments, going far beyond the more well-known ones such as hedge funds and private equity. Read more…

 

Futures Magazine

July/August 2014 Cover

The time was right

Commodities/Futures magazine launched at the precipice of a revolution in the futures industry—really a revolution in the idea of risk management—that would move it from a small niche industry to ...

The Alpha Pages

TAP July/August 2014 Cover

The Alpha Pages Interview: Senator Rand Paul

Senator Paul sat down in the debut series of the Alpha Pages Interview to discuss the broken tax code, regulation surrounding Bitcoin, and his plans for the 2016 Presidential election.