FINANCE

Rite Aid forecasts Q1 profit; in debt refinancing move

BY Alaric Dearment

Camp Hill, Pa. — Rite Aid projected that it would turn a profit in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, results of which it will announce next week. The company has also moved to refinance its debt, announcing that it would buy half a billion dollars in notes using proceeds from a new loan, while also

The retail pharmacy chain said it would buy $500 million worth of 7.5% Senior Secured Notes, due 2017, using the proceeds from a $500 million second lien term loan.

The offer will expire on July 5 unless it’s extended, the company said.

The company estimates that it will post a profit of between $75 million and $90 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended on Saturday, compared with a loss of $28.1 million during the same period last year. This would make the quarter the third consecutive one in which the 4,615-store chain has reported a profit.

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OfficeMax shareholders to vote on proposed merger July 10

BY Staff Writer

Naperville, Ill. – OfficeMax shareholders will vote on a proposed merger with Office Depot on July 10, in a special meeting to be in Naperville, Ill. Shareholders of record as of May 28, 2013 are eligible to participate.

Shareholders will vote on a merger initially announced by OfficeMax and Office Depot on February 20, 2013. The merger process is ongoing and the transaction is expected to be completed by the end of this year subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.

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Family Dollar Stores names senior VP real estate

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Matthews, N.C. — Family Dollar Stores names Brad Rogers as senior VP real estate. He replaces Keith Gehl, who retires from the company at the end of June.

Rogers joined Family Dollar in 1998 as a real estate manager with responsibility for new store development in North and South Carolina. Between 2006 and 2011, Rogers assumed greater roles with increased responsibilities, and in 2011, he was named VP real estate.

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