“The decision to reduce our workforce, although difficult because of the impacts to our people, is the necessary next step in the rebuilding of our business,” said Sam Duncan, president and CEO of SUPERVALU Inc.
The workforce reduction announcement follows SUPERVALU’s decision to downsize and refocus as a retailer-wholesaler, with the recent sale of Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Acme, and Shaw’s and Star Market stores, as well as its pharmacies.
The buyer is AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of an investor consortium led by Cerberus Capital Management. The stock deal, completed on March 21, 2013, is valued at $3.3 billion, including $100 million in cash and $3.2 billion in debt assumption. In a seamless transfer, the new SUPERVALU is already doing business. The restructured company expects to generate more than $17 billion in revenues annually.
SUPERVALU President and CEO Sam Duncan stated, “The successful completion of this transaction marks a significant milestone for SUPERVALU and our shareholders, customers and employees. As we move forward, SUPERVALU will continue as one of the largest wholesale grocery providers in America serving nearly 2,000 independent retailers in 43 states; we plan to continue growing our hard discount Save-A-Lot format that includes over 1,300 stores nationwide; and we will operate five, strong regional retail banners. I am pleased to be leading SUPERVALU during this time of change and strongly believe there is an exciting future ahead for us.”
Dedicated to operating a more focused, efficient grocery business, SUPERVALU Inc. is currently one of the largest companies in the U.S. grocery channel. With SVU up 95% year to date, SUPERVALU Inc. has a market cap of $1.04 billion, a P/E of 38.2 and a P/S of 0.0298.
Steven Cohen’s Holding History
With a reputation for embracing chaos, Guru Stevie Cohen is considered highly intuitive as a hedge fund investor. Of his currently SEC-embattled SAC Capital Advisors, he neither denies nor admits to allegations about his traders. He himself has been accused of no wrongdoing.
As of April 1, 2013, SAC Capital’s portfolio shows 1,585 stocks at a total value of $20.3 billion, and a quarter-over-quarter turnover of 42%.
Steven Cohen’s top buys, sells and holdings:
Other Gurus have significantly reduced or sold out SVU since quarter ending Dec. 31, 2012.