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June 3, 2014
06:28 EDTPF, PPC, HSHPilgrim'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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December 19, 2014
13:43 EDTPPCUSDA says bird flu found in backyard poultry in Oregon
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in guinea fowl and chickens from a small backyard poultry flock in Winston, Oregon. The H5N8 virus has not been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States and there is no immediate public health concern, as the H5N8 virus has been found in birds in other parts of the world and has not caused any human infection to date, the USDA stated. The Fly notes companies that offer or are developing flu vaccines include BioCryst (BCRX) and Novavax (NVAX). Publicly traded meat producers include Hormel Foods (HRL), Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Tyson Foods (TSN). Reference Link
December 10, 2014
12:06 EDTPPCUSDA lowers 2014 meat production forecast
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