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Starboard Urges Office Depot To Explore Sale Of Office Depot de Mexico Joint Venture Interest



 Starboard Urges Office Depot To Explore Sale Of Office Depot de Mexico Joint
                               Venture Interest

Believes the Value of the JV Interest is not Fully Reflected in Office Depot's
Stock Price

Urges OfficeMax to Support and Consent to a Sale of the JV Interest

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Starboard Value LP (together with its
affiliates, "Starboard"), the largest common shareholder of Office Depot, Inc.
(NYSE: ODP) ("Office Depot" or the "Company"), with a 14.8% ownership stake,
announced today that it has delivered a letter to the Board of Directors of
Office Depot.  In the letter, Starboard restated its belief that the
significant value of Office Depot's 50% joint venture interest in Office Depot
de Mexico (the "JV Interest") is not fully reflected in the stock price of the
Company.  Starboard noted that, on February 15, 2013, the Board received an
offer from its joint venture partner, Grupo Gigante S.A.B. de C.V.
("Gigante"), to purchase the JV Interest for $690.5 million.  Given that
Gigante's offer expires this Thursday, February 28, Starboard believes the
Board of Office Depot should promptly obtain consent from OfficeMax under the
merger agreement to immediately explore a sale of the JV Interest to maximize
value for shareholders.  Starboard believes it is the Board's fiduciary duty
to monetize the Company's interest in the joint venture given the clear
benefit to both Office Depot and OfficeMax as a combined company and Office
Depot as a stand-alone company.  Starboard recognizes that OfficeMax is
potentially conflicted as a sale of the JV Interest, while beneficial to the
combined company, would also be beneficial to Office Depot as a stand-alone
business and, therefore, may strengthen a competitor should the merger not be
completed.  Starboard notes that if OfficeMax does not consent to Office
Depot's negotiations with Gigante or any other potential buyer regarding the
sale of the JV Interest, Starboard would view this as both unreasonable and
potentially anti-competitive.

The full text of the letter follows:

February 27, 2013

Members of the Board of Directors of Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc.
6600 North Military Trail
Boca Raton, FL 33496

cc:        Members of the Board of Directors of OfficeMax Incorporated

Dear Members of the Board,

As you know, Starboard Value LP, together with its affiliates ("Starboard"),
currently owns approximately 14.8% of the outstanding common shares of Office
Depot, Inc. ("Office Depot" or the "Company"), making us Office Depot's
largest common shareholder.  Additionally, pro forma for the proposed merger
of Office Depot and OfficeMax Incorporated ("OfficeMax"), we believe Starboard
would be the largest shareholder of the combined company. 

We appreciate the ongoing dialog we have had with certain members of Office
Depot's Board of Directors (the "Board") over the past three months.  While we
continue to have discussions regarding board representation, we feel it is
necessary that we again share our thoughts regarding the Company's 50% joint
venture interest in Office Depot de Mexico (the "JV Interest").  As we
previously outlined in our letter on September 17, 2012, and as we have
subsequently discussed with you on multiple occasions, we believe the
significant value of the JV Interest is not fully reflected in the stock price
of the Company.

On February 15, 2013, the Board received an offer from its joint venture
partner, Grupo Gigante S.A.B. de C.V. ("Gigante"), to purchase the JV Interest
for $690.5 million.  Given that Gigante's offer expires this Thursday,
February 28, we believe the Board of Office Depot should promptly obtain
consent from OfficeMax under the merger agreement to immediately explore a
sale of the JV Interest to maximize value for shareholders.  In our view, a
sale of this asset at a full and fair price is clearly in the best interest of
both Office Depot and OfficeMax shareholders.  If the merger is completed,
then both Office Depot and OfficeMax shareholders would benefit from the sale
because the combined Company would have a significantly stronger balance sheet
from which to transform the pro forma company and execute on any and all
potential synergies.  Similarly, if the merger is not completed for any
reason, then Office Depot shareholders would benefit from the sale because the
stand-alone Company would be financially stronger, having previously sold the
asset. 

In our view, it is the Board's fiduciary duty to monetize the JV Interest
given the clear benefit to both Office Depot and OfficeMax as a combined
company and Office Depot as a stand-alone company.  We believe OfficeMax
should be fully supportive of the Board exercising its fiduciary duties. We
recognize that OfficeMax is potentially conflicted as a sale of the JV
Interest, while beneficial to the combined company, would also be beneficial
to Office Depot as a stand-alone business and, therefore, may strengthen a
competitor should the merger not be completed.  If OfficeMax does not consent
to Office Depot's negotiations with Gigante or any other potential buyer
regarding the sale of the JV Interest, we would view this as both unreasonable
and potentially anti-competitive. 

In conclusion, since the sale of the JV Interest is clearly in the best
interest of both Office Depot shareholders and Office Depot / OfficeMax
shareholders, we strongly encourage the Board to immediately seek OfficeMax's
approval to sell this asset and for OfficeMax to consent to such sale.

Best Regards,

/s/ Jeffrey C. Smith

Jeffrey C. Smith
Starboard Value LP

About Starboard Value LP

Starboard Value LP is a New York-based investment adviser with a focused and
differentiated fundamental approach to investing in publicly traded U.S. small
cap companies. Starboard invests in deeply undervalued small cap companies and
actively engages with management teams and boards of directors to identify and
execute on opportunities to unlock value for the benefit of all shareholders.

Investor contacts:
Peter Feld, (212) 201-4878
Gavin Molinelli, (212) 201-4828
www.starboardvalue.com

SOURCE Starboard Value LP

Website: http://www.starboardvalue.com
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