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Company spinoffs were all the rage last year with even more expected in 2012. From toy and technology companies to food distribution and agriculture companies, 2011 was a record year for businesses wanting to break up into smaller, perhaps more profitable entities. The market has been busy for several reasons. Since the market has been weak, companies are being more creative to build value for their investors. Some “activist investors” even push company management to separate the high-growth part of the business from the rest of the company. The uptick in spinoffs may also be a result of a slow IPO market.

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