EQT’s 4-Pronged Strategy for Defeating Corp Raider Jana in Rice Deal

On Monday, Rice Energy was merged into EQT, creating the largest onshore natural gas producing company these United States (see Out with the Old: Rice Energy Sign Comes Down Day of EQT Merger). The $8.2 billion deal was first announced back in June (see EQT Buys Rice Energy in $8.2B Deal, Becomes #1 Gas Producer in US). There was plenty of drama along the way–primarily opposition to the deal by evil corporate raider Jana Partners, in collusion with Atlas Energy (see Proxy Fight: Jana Partners, Atlas Tries to Stop EQT/Rice Deal). Another corporate raider, D.E. Shaw, piled on too, but at least they supported the deal to merger Rice into EQT (see Under Pressure, EQT Moves Up Timeline to Explore Splitting Co.). You know we loathe corporate raiders. They buy enough stock in a company to get a board seat, then agitate, forcing the company to layoff people and sell assets–all in a bid to make the stock price pop so they can sell their shares at a handsome profit and move on to the next victim. Disgusting organizations and disgusting people. Jana was the primary opponent to the EQT/Rice deal. Jana was fresh off from helping Amazon take over the Whole Foods grocery store chain. Yet somehow EQT was able to fend off Jana’s efforts against their company. How did they do it? That was the subject of a recent post on the Seeking Alpha investor’s website. Here’s a fascinating look at the strategy EQT used to fend off an evil corporate raider…

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