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March 5, 2013
09:16 EDTCHSCP, CAGConAgra says expects JV transaction to become accretive to EPS over time
ConAgra says in an 8K filing that securing third-party financing in an aggregate amount of no less than $600M on terms that are commercially reasonable and that do not, among other things, require credit support to be provided by any Owner, is a condition to close. Immediately upon completion of the Financing, all of the net proceeds thereof will be distributed to the Owners. The distribution will be approximately proportional to the Owners’ ownership interests in Ardent Mills, except that each Owner’s distribution will be adjusted to reflect any deviations in the working capital contributions of such Owner from specified target amounts and ConAgra Foods will receive a distribution that is slightly higher proportionally than its percentage ownership. ConAgra Foods currently plans to allocate its initial cash distribution from the Joint Venture to pay down debt. It is anticipated that the transaction will close late in calendar year 2013. ConAgra Foods plans to finalize the expected financial impacts of the transaction between now and the closing. Due to both the anticipated timing of the closing and expected allocation of proceeds toward debt reduction, the transaction is expected to be modestly dilutive, less than 5c, to fiscal 2014 diluted EPS, excluding items impacting comparability. Even with this impact, ConAgra Foods expects to post a strong growth rate of diluted EPS, excluding items impacting comparability, in bothhalves of fiscal 2014, primarily reflecting the contribution of diluted EPS, excluding items impacting comparability, from the recent Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. acquisition; this transaction does not alter the company’s expectations for previously announced cost synergies related to the Ralcorp acquisition. ConAgra Foods also expects the Joint Venture transaction to become accretive to its diluted EPS over time, as expected cost synergies from the transaction are realized.
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February 1, 2016
16:09 EDTCAGConAgra sees $1.6B tax asset from sale of private label operations to TreeHouse
ConAgra Foods announced the completion of the sale of its private label operations to TreeHouse Foods for proceeds of $2.7B in cash, excluding transaction-related expenses and subject to post-closing adjustments. A total of approximately 9,500 employees transitioned to TreeHouse Foods, including plant employees and those supporting the private label business located at the St. Louis, Mo., Downers Grove, Ill., and Omaha, Neb., office locations. Certain private label operations with a strong connection to ConAgra Foods' existing Consumer Foods business were not part of the sale, specifically canned pasta, cooking spray, peanut butter, pudding/gels, Gelit frozen pasta product offerings, as well as the HK Anderson and Kangaroo brand equities, trademarks and business portfolios. Results for these operations, which were not material, were moved to the Consumer Foods reporting segment in Q1. ConAgra Foods generated approximately $2.7B in cash proceeds from the sale, less transaction expenses, and intends to utilize the net proceeds primarily for debt reduction. The company expects the transaction to result in a tax asset of approximately $1.6B, which can be used to offset potential future capital gains over the next five years.
09:07 EDTCHSCPCF Industries, CHS commence strategic venture
CF Industries (CF) and CHS (CHSCP) announced that they have commenced their previously announced nitrogen fertilizer strategic venture. CHS completed its $2.8B equity investment in CF Industries Nitrogen, LLC, a CF Industries subsidiary, and will start receiving delivery of urea and urea ammonium nitrate from CF Industries under a long-term supply agreement. CHS has purchased a minority equity interest in CF Nitrogen for $2.8B effective Feb. 1, 2016. Through the investment, CHS will be entitled to semi-annual profit distributions from CF Nitrogen based generally on the volume of granular urea and UAN purchased by CHS pursuant to the supply agreement. Starting Feb. 1, 2016, CHS is entitled to purchase up to 1.1M tons of granular urea and 580,000 tons of UAN annually from CF Nitrogen for ratable delivery. The 1.7M product tons available under the supply agreement represent approximately 8.9% of CF's total production capacity once its capacity expansion projects are completed at Donaldsonville, La., and Port Neal, Iowa, expected in 2016.

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