Corp Raider Continues to Trash Talk EQT/Rice Merger, Vote Set Nov 9

The disgusting corporate raiders at Jana Partners are fighting to the bitter end in their attempt to stop the merger/takeover of Rice Energy by EQT. In June EQT and Rice Energy announced that EQT will buy out and merge in Rice Energy, to create (in EQT) the largest natural gas-producing company in the United States (see EQT Buys Rice Energy in $8.2B Deal, Becomes #1 Gas Producer in US). A few weeks later, so-called “activist investor” (i.e. corporate raider) Jana Partners, in league with the Cohen family (Atlas Energy) started a proxy fight to block EQT’s takover/merger with Rice (see Proxy Fight: Jana Partners, Atlas Tries to Stop EQT/Rice Deal). Jana is the same company that recently helped Amazon in its hostile takeover of grocery company Whole Foods. Unfortunately (for Jana), their strategy isn’t working this time around. Over the past few weeks Jana has sent a couple of nasty letters to EQT’s board, making some rather wild claims. The tone of Jana’s communication is becoming more shrill as time goes on, as desperation sets in and a vote by EQT shareholders on the deal draws near (Nov. 9). The problem is the financial press picks up on these wild claims and repeats them, so yesterday EQT felt it necessary to (once again) respond and set the record straight–to debunk the lies Jana is spreading about the deal and about EQT’s past performance…

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