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February 5, 2014
12:26 EDTHAIN, KRFT, WFMHain Celestial tumbles despite record quarterly results, increased guidance
Shares of Hain Celestial (HAIN), which manufactures, markets, distributes and sells natural and organic products, are falling despite the company reporting record second quarter results and raising its fiscal 2014 outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Hain Celestial reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 87c and revenue of $535M, both records for the company. Consensus expectations were for EPS of 87c and revenue of $537.75M, respectively. The company raised its FY14 EPS forecast to $3.07-$3.15 from $2.95-$3.05, and boosted its FY14 revenue view to $2.115B-$2.145B from $2.025B-$2.05B. FY14 consensus estimates were $3.11 and $2.14B, respectively. Hain did note that its gross margin was impacted by higher commodity costs, product mix, and a shift in trade spending to point of sale activities. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was positive. Research firm Jefferies said any pullback in Hain Celestialís shares represented an entry point. The firm noted management stated that Q3 was off to a strong start. Jefferies lowered its price target for shares to $97 from $99 and kept a Buy rating on Hain. Another firm, BMO Capital, said concerns about Hain may create a buying opportunity. BMO Capital believed that concerns about a deceleration in the company's U.S. growth were misplaced. The firm argued that the company is poised to exceed sales/earnings expectations in the near term, and it kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Hain Celestial fell $6.84 or 7.5% to $84.15 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up over 40%. OTHERS TO WATCH: Hainís competitors include Whole Foods (WFM) and Kraft Foods (KRFT).
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March 25, 2015
08:40 EDTKRFTKraft Heinz Company outlines structure of the new board
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08:25 EDTKRFTMondelez volatility flat into H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods merger
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08:22 EDTKRFTBuffett says has looked at 'all the companies' in Kraft's space
Buffett was answering a question posed by CNBC's Becky Quick regarding whether Campbell Soup (CPB), Mondelez (MDLZ) or others could be targets for Berkshire (BRK.A) following its Heinz and Kraft (KRFT) deals.
08:13 EDTKRFTKraft brands have a lot of potential to expand internationally, Buffett says
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08:13 EDTKRFTBuffett says 'we look at everything' in terms of M&A targets
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08:07 EDTKRFTBuffett says will hold about 320M shares of newly combined Kraft-Heinz
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08:03 EDTKRFTBuffett says Kraft Foods deal 'in the works' for four weeks or so
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07:28 EDTKRFTOptions expected to be active
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06:19 EDTKRFTKraft Foods to host conference call
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06:08 EDTKRFTKraft Foods, H.J. Heinz merge to form The Kraft Heinz Company
Privately held H.J. Heinz Company and publicly held Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North America. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by both Heinz and Kraft's boards, Kraft shareholders will own a 49% stake in the combined company, and current Heinz shareholders will own 51% on a fully diluted basis. Kraft shareholders will receive stock in the combined company and a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share. The aggregate special dividend payment of approximately $10B is being fully funded by an equity contribution by Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and 3G Capital. The special cash dividend payment represents 27% of Kraft's closing price as of March 24. Together the new company will have eight $1B-plus brands and five brands between $500M-$1B. Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said, "I am delighted to play a part in bringing these two winning companies and their iconic brands together. This is my kind of transaction, uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value. I'm excited by the opportunities for what this new combined organization will achieve." When the transaction closes, Alex Behring, Chairman of Heinz and the Managing Partner at 3G Capital, will become the Chairman of The Kraft Heinz Company. John Cahill, Kraft Chairman and CEO, will become Vice Chairman and chair of a newly formed operations and strategy committee of the board. Bernardo Hees, CEO of Heinz, will be appointed CEO of The Kraft Heinz Company. The Kraft Heinz Company will be co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and the Chicago area. The synergy potential includes an estimated $1.5B in annual cost savings implemented by the end of 2017. Synergies will come from the increased scale of the new organization, the sharing of best practices and cost reductions, the companies said. The transaction is expected to be EPS accretive by 2017. Once the transaction is complete, The Kraft Heinz Company plans to maintain Kraft's current dividend per share, which is expected to increase over time. Kraft has no plans to change its dividend prior to closing. The special cash dividend of $10B in the aggregate to existing Kraft shareholders will be paid upon closing and will be funded by an equity investment by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. Shares of the company will continue to be publicly traded. As the cash consideration is fully funded by common equity from Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, the merger is not expected to increase the debt levels of The Kraft Heinz Company. The transaction is subject to approval by Kraft shareholders, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2015. Lazard served as exclusive financial advisor for Heinz, and Centerview Partners served as exclusive financial advisor for Kraft.
06:02 EDTKRFTKraft Foods, H.J. Heinz announce definitive merger agreement
H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North America. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by both Heinz and Kraft's boards, Kraft shareholders will own a 49% stake in the combined company, and current Heinz shareholders will own 51% on a fully diluted basis. Kraft shareholders will receive stock in the combined company and a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share. The aggregate special dividend payment of approximately $10B is being fully funded by an equity contribution by Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and 3G Capital.
March 24, 2015
19:21 EDTKRFTKraft Foods up 15% after WSJ report that 3G Capital in talks to buy company
19:18 EDTKRFT3G Capital in talks to acquire Kraft Foods, WSJ reports
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11:11 EDTWFM, HAINWhiteWave hits 52-week high following upbeat analyst notes
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06:26 EDTKRFTKraft in talks with Academy of Nutrition over endorsement claims, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
09:37 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AUY SLB PFE MCP CELG VRTX SHPG GILD LOGI TSLA TASR NFLX SCTY WFM
March 22, 2015
14:59 EDTHAINPinnacle Foods enters bidding for meatless food company Quorn, Telegraph says
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March 19, 2015
07:35 EDTWFMKroger price target raised to $90 from $80 at Deutsche Bank
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March 18, 2015
09:57 EDTWFMWhole Foods Markets calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Whole Foods Markets March 53, 54 and April 55 calls are active on 8K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. March call option implied volatility is at 38, April is at 25, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for larger near term price movement.
09:43 EDTWFMRumor: Whole Foods active on renewed takeover chatter
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