Buybacks, Spinoffs Move To Front Of Activist Playbook

By Karlee Weinmann (October 14, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT) -- Share buybacks and spinoff campaigns, long part of the activist investor's arsenal of tools, have reinforced their place this month as the bargaining chips of choice, as activists look to leverage low interest rates and potential for high stock valuations into bigger and better returns.

Dealmakers across the spectrum have dipped into rosier debt and equity markets to drive growth and unlock value. For activists, whose approach hinges on those outcomes, a promising stock market and cheaper debt have opened new doors and provided a stronger platform to trumpet calls for change — ones that showcase an activist toolbox that goes...

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