We’ll Be Waiting A Little Longer For A Dollar Store Merger

The fate of the long-running dollar store merger saga likely won’t be decided by the end of the year as once expected, now that Family Dollar has decided to delay an upcoming shareholder vote.

CNBC reports (Warning: auto-play video) that we shouldn’t expect a vote on the proposed merger of Family Dollar and Dollar Tree or the cash offer from Dollar General to acquire Family Dollar.

The shareholder meeting, which was scheduled for December 23, will start and then immediately be adjourned. Officials with Family Dollar could not provide immediate comment to CNBC.

News that Family Dollar would postpone any merger decisions comes two months after Dollar General said it would extend its deal deadline to give the smaller dollar store more time to come around.

As of October 30, the day before the original deal was set to expire, Dollar General had only received offers for about 4 million Family Dollar shares of the total 114 million shares currently outstanding.

Industry analysts told Reuters at the time that Dollar General’s decision to extend the offer deadline was made in order to give Family Dollar shareholders time to make a decision after a mid-December meeting.

The No. 1 dollar store turned hostile and took its pursuit for the smaller dollar store straight to shareholders back in September.

The sordid dollar store love triangle began back in July when Dollar Tree made an $8.5 billion bid for North Carolina-based Family Dollar. Not one to feel left out, Dollar General proceeded to provide an unsolicited bid of $8.95 billion for the smaller chain.

But Family Dollar wasn’t feeling the love and rejected the offer citing “significant antitrust issues” because the two chains have similar business models. Both Dollar General and Family Dollar sell items at different dollar price points, catering to low-income shoppers, while Dollar Tree caters to more middle-income shoppers and sells most items at $1.

Dollar General came back with a second bid of $9.1 billion and in an attempt to ease Family Dollars’ anti-trust review fears it proposed closing 1,500 of the potentially combined-companies 20,000 stores.

Yet, that still wasn’t enough and Family Dollar rejected the bid, choosing instead to stay with its true love, Dollar Tree.

Faber Report: Don’t expect Family Dollar vote [CNBC]