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June 18, 2014
11:26 EDTTHS, CAG, SJM, KRFT, DFConAgra sinks after cutting EPS outlook for Q4
Shares of packaged foods company ConAgra (CAG) are sinking after the company lowered its fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share outlook below prior expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, ConAgra cut its Q4 adjusted EPS view to approximately 55c compared to its prior view of slightly in excess of 60c per share. The consensus forecast of analysts for Q4 EPS prior to the report was 62c. The lower-than-expected comparable EPS is largely the result of a 7% quarterly volume decline for the Consumer Foods segment, as well as weak profits for the Private Brands segment. Gary Rodkin, CEO of ConAgra Foods, commented," We are disappointed with the Consumer Foods volume performance, which negatively impacted comparable EPS. As we have communicated, we are in the process of improving product mix and promotion strategies in the Consumer Foods segment for better results and greater effectiveness, and we expect our volume performance to improve in fiscal 2015 as a result of this. Given the profit challenges in our Private Brands segment, we are also focused on margin improvement initiatives to offset the impact of pricing concessions. Even though our earnings are below expectations, we exceeded our fiscal 2014 operating cash flow and debt reduction targets." WHAT'S NOTABLE: For FY15, the company expects a year of "'stabilization and recovery" that delivers mid-single-digit comparable EPS growth. The company expects that comparable EPS growth in fiscal 2016 and 2017 will accelerate to a high-single-digit rate as the company benefits from stronger underlying operations, generates sizable productivity and administrative savings and continues to realize substantial synergies from the Ralcorp transaction. The company, which remains committed to a strong dividend policy in the future, plans to continue its current $1.00 per share annual dividend payment. ConAgra said its current profit projections for the Private Brands segment are below original plans for the next several years. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, KeyBanc downgraded ConAgra to Hold from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, ConAgra fell $2.25, or about 7%, to $30.60 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 11% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of ConAgra peer Dean Foods (DF) are down about 2%, while Kraft Foods (KRFT) is down modestly. The J.M. Smucker Company (SJM) is virtually unchanged and TreeHouse Foods (THS) is down over 1.3%.
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February 3, 2016
15:08 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker to host analyst and investor meeting
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11:37 EDTDFOptions with increasing put volume; PSX CDNS DF WDR MELI MAS NOV WSM DB
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February 2, 2016
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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.
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January 26, 2016
10:48 EDTTHSTreeHouse may benefit from strategy shifts, says Detwiler Fenton
Detwiler Fenton said TreeHouse (THS) may benefit from Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) and Starbucks' (SBUX) focust shift into new products. Keurig Green Mountain dropping of its private-label business opens the door for TreeHouse to take market share, the firm's analyst said. Detwiler sees TreeHouse benefiting from Starbucks' shifts away from Keurig Green Mountain and into other product opportunities.

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