Sears' Hometown spinoff edges lower in debut

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Associated Press

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 11:01 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Sears Holdings Corp.'s spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet Stores are declining on its debut trading day.

The Hoffman Estates, Ill., company, which runs Kmart and Sears stores, had signaled in February that it would split off the companies as a separate publicly traded entity.

The parent company received $446.5 million in gross proceeds. This included a cash dividend of $100 million paid by Sears Hometown before the spinoff and $346.5 million in proceeds from a rights offering.

Sears Holdings' Sears Hometown, which is trading on the Nasdaq on Friday under the "SHOS" ticker symbol, slipped 32 cents, or more than 1 percent, to $30.68 by midday.

Sears Holdings will continue to trade on the Nasdaq under the "SHLD" ticker symbol.

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