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Monday, July 7, 2014

PetSmart investor Longview joins shareholder push for sale, (NASDAQ: PETM)

Longview Asset Management LLC became the latest PetSmart Inc shareholder calling for the company's board to consider selling itself, even as the retailer said on Monday it was reviewing potential changes in its capital structure. The pressure from Longview comes days after activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC, PetSmart's largest shareholder with a 9.9 percent stake, said it planned to ask the pet products retailer to explore a sale.Longview Asset Management, which also holds 9 percent of PetSmart's shares, said it had previously discussed its "concerns" with the company. ( company said on Monday it was evaluating changes, with a focus on returning capital to shareholders, after reporting its first drop in quarterly same store sales in seven years for the quarter ended May 4.PetSmart's sales have suffered due to its aging store base and growing competition from online retailers.

PetSmart, Inc. supplies products, services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. Shares of PETM traded higher by 2.48% or $1.668/share to $68.95. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $55.00 and as high as $77.32. On average, 2699310 shares of PETM exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 6560869.