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March 10, 2014
11:54 EDTCQB, FDPChiquita Brands rises after merger with Ireland's Fyffes
Shares of international produce distributor Chiquita Brands (CQB) are rising after the company announced that it plans to combine with Irish produce company Fyffes in a stock-for-stock transaction. WHAT'S NEW: Chiquita Brands and Fyffes announced that the boards of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Chiquita will combine with Fyffes in a stock-for-stock transaction. The deal is expected to result in Chiquita shareholders owning approximately 50.7% of the new company, named ChiquitaFyffes, and Fyffes shareholders owning approximately 49.3% on a fully diluted basis. The agreement creates a global company with approximately $4.6B in annual revenues. Chiquita and Fyffes plan to complete the transaction before the end of the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call to discuss the deal, Chiquita Brands said ChiquitaFyffes will be the largest player in the banana market globally after the merger. The company said it will also have strong positions in packaged salads and healthy snacks, melons and pineapples. The new company will have a balanced market presence in North America and Europe, with pro forma revenues of 47% and 46% respectively, and expects to generate 7% of pro forma revenue outside of North America and Europe, primarily in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia. OTHERS TO WATCH: Fresh Del Monte (FDP) is a producer, marketer and distributor of fruit and vegetables and is a competitor to Chiquita Brands globally. PRICE ACTION: During late morning trading, shares of Chiquita Brands were up about 12% to $12.13. Fresh Del Monte shares were up fractionally to $27.51.
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August 28, 2014
17:38 EDTCQBChiquita Brands holders urged to vote Cutrale-Safra GOLD Proxy Card
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August 27, 2014
15:09 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra says Chiquita board irresponsible in promoting Fyffes transaction
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09:30 EDTCQBChiquita Brands' board recommends shareholders vote for transaction with Fyffes
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05:30 EDTCQBChiquita Brands, Fyffes now see $60M of annualized pre-tax cost savings
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August 26, 2014
05:44 EDTCQBChiquita Brands announces share acquisition ny executive officers
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August 17, 2014
18:43 EDTCQBInvestors should take profits in Chiquita Brands, Barron's says
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August 15, 2014
17:48 EDTCQBSafra-Cutrale file proxy to solicit against Chiquita transaction with Fyffes
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August 14, 2014
16:14 EDTCQBChiquita says board determines Cutrale/Safra offer not in best interests
Chiquita Brands announced that its board of directors unanimously determined that the unsolicited offer from the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group announced on August 11, to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Chiquita for $13.00 per share in cash, is inadequate and not in the best interests of Chiquita shareholders. Having made such a determination, Chiquita has determined not to furnish information to, and have discussions and negotiations with, the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group at this time. The Chiquita board has also unanimously reaffirmed its recommendation that Chiquita shareholders vote to approve the definitive merger agreement between Chiquita and Fyffes. Chiquita remains committed to completing its transaction with Fyffes, which it believes will create a combined company that is better positioned to succeed in a highly competitive marketplace, while driving strong performance and value for shareholders.

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