TravelCenters ($TA) operates 255 rest stops, mostly located along the nation’s interstate highway system, that include fuel stations, convenience stores, truck-repair services, and restaurants. On 6/15/2016 TravelCenters stock was up as much as 37% and closed the day up 24% on the news that TravelCenters rejected a $14-per-share bid from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
With the stock trading a shade under $8-per-share, a $14 bid is huge premium. The rejection of this bid more than likely put and will put a lot of pressure on TravelCenter’s management team to make something happen to get the stock higher and justify a $14 bid rejection. At the same time, the bid probably put TravelCenter’s on the radar of other firms that perhaps had no idea who they were or that there might be some hidden value worth doing some due diligence on.
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