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June 3, 2014
06:28 EDTPPC, HSH, PFPilgrim's Pride confirms revised proposal to acquire Hillshire at $55 per share
Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) confirmed that on June 1, it submitted a revised proposal to acquire Hillshire Brands (HSH) for $55.00 per share in cash in a transaction valued at $7.7B. The proposal represents an increase of $1.3B versus Pilgrim's initial proposal, and a 49% premium over Hillshire's share price one day prior to the announcement of its transaction with Pinnacle Foods (PF). Pilgrim's revised proposal is not subject to any financing conditions or contingencies. Pilgrim says it is confident the transaction is strategically and financially compelling, and creates considerable value for the shareholders of both Pilgrim's and Hillshire. Pilgrim's anticipates run-rate cost synergies in excess of $300M annually to come from operational and value-chain efficiencies. Pilgrim's expects the increased cash flow from the combined company and the realization of synergies will allow it to rapidly pay down the initial acquisition debt. Pilgrim's projects the combination to be immediately accretive to earnings due to these significant synergies and the availability of attractive financing terms.
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April 27, 2015
15:42 EDTPPCIowa Department of Agriculture reports four more cases of probable bird flu
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April 22, 2015
07:28 EDTPPCMexico halts imports of poultry products from Iowa due to bird flu, Reuters says
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April 21, 2015
08:33 EDTPPCBird flu outbreak spreads to large Iowa chicken farm, WSJ reports
An Iowa farm with about 5.3M chickens in Osceola County is the latest, and largest, chicken flock to be affected by an ongoing outbreak of avian influenza, or bird flu, reported The Wall Street Journal. The addition of this large flock brings the total number of chickens and turkeys affected by avian influenza to nearly 8M, the report noted. Last night, Hormel Foods (HRL) provided additional information regarding the anticipated impact of recent avian influenza outbreaks on its Jennie-O Turkey Store segment, stating that lower turkey supply is expected to impact plant operations and cause reduced sales volumes as the year progresses. Other publicly traded companies in the meat production space include Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Tyson Foods (TSN). Reference Link

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