Calpers Vs. Jcpenneys

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CalPERS vs. JC Penney Overview CalPERS investment program began on February 22, 2000 when they included JC Penney on their annual Focus List. CalPERS further exclaimed that due to declining sales and a deteriorating customer base they had lost confidence in Penney’s management. Subsequent to the release of their focus list JC Penney made numerous strategic decisions to revitalize and boost the value of the company. Penney forced their current CEO James Oesterreicher to retire. Next instead of promoting from within, they searched for new blood and hired former Barney’s CEO Allen Questrom. Penney went on to sell one it’s direct marketing unit to raise capital to reduce debt. They restructured the company to focus on its struggling department stores, cutting employees and closing down many stores. By September 29, 2003, the culmination of CalPERS active investment in Penney, JC Penney seemed to right the ship and was able to streamline operations to be more efficient and profitable. Chronology of Events 2/22/00: CalPERS identifies 10 underperforming companies that will serve as their primary focus for corporate governance activism for the 2000 proxy season. The Focus List is made up of two retail companies, JC Penney being one of them, a bank, and 7 other corporations. CalPERS has investments in more than 1600 US companies. The 10 included in the Focus List were selected due to their long term stock performance, corporate governance practices, and economic value added evaluations. JC Penney was named on this list for its disappointing stock price relative to the retail industry. Its stock price was down almost 45% from January 1 1995 to December 31 1999, while the S&P Retail Department Stores Index increased by almost 43%. Due to declining sales and a deteriorating customer base, CalPERS believes the market has lost confidence in Penney's management.
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