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June 9, 2014
10:27 EDTTSN, PF, HSH, PPCTyson knocks Pilgrim's out of Hillshire bidding with new offer
Shares of food processor and distributor Hillshire Brands (HSH) are rising after Tyson Foods (TSN) submitted an increased offer to acquire the company, prompting rival Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) to withdraw its own takeover proposal. WHAT'S NEW: Tyson submitted a unilaterally binding offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Hillshire for a price of $63 per share in cash. The offer was subject to Hillshire being released from its existing agreement to acquire Pinnacle Foods (PF) in accordance with the terms. The all-cash transaction is valued at approximately $8.55B including Hillshire's outstanding net debt and represented a multiple of 16.7x trailing 12 months adjusted EBITDA or 10.5x including $300M in synergies. Tyson said it expects that the proposed transaction would be marginally accretive to EPS on a cash basis in the first full fiscal year after completion and substantially accretive thereafter. The offer was unanimously approved by Tyson's board. Hillshire responded to Tyson by confirming that it received its competitor's offer, but the company's board has not approved the offer, has not changed its recommendation regarding the Pinnacle merger and isn't making any recommendation with respect to the Tyson offer. Hillshire said it does not have the right to terminate the merger pact with Pinnacle on the basis of the Tyson offer or enter into an agreement with Tyson prior to the termination. In response to Tyson's announcement, Pilgrim's Pride withdrew it's proposal to acquire Hillshire Brands and said it realized that it was in the best interest of its shareholders not to increase its proposed price of $55.00 per share in cash for Hillshire. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Tyson's conference call which discussed its offer to acquire Hillshire, the company said the deal would double prepared foods sales from 18% of revenue and quadruple operating income from prepared foods to 20% from 5%. Tyson believes it can realize significant annual synergies in excess of $300M by year three and has been thinking for "a lot of time" about Hillshire. Tyson expects the combined company's weighted average interest cost to be roughly 3.5% and noted that ROIC would drop below 20% in the first year, but says the company is "committed" to a ROIC target of 20%. Tyson foresees EPS to return to an annual growth rate in excess of 10%. Tyson confirmed that Hillshire is not allowed to accept the offer until the deal with Pinnacle is terminated. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Hillshire Brands rose 5% to $61.85. Meanwhile, Pinnacle Foods rose 0.8% to $31.81, Tyson Foods fell 5% to $38.08, and Pilgrim's Pride fell 6.4% to $24.60.
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November 17, 2014
10:02 EDTPFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:49 EDTTSNTyson Foods says 'very optimistic' about demand in chicken segment
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09:26 EDTTSNTyson says demand for beef 'very strong'
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09:22 EDTTSNTyson Foods trades higher after earnings, levels to watch
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09:22 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:35 EDTTSNTyson Foods sees Hillshire acquisition adding $4B in revenues in FY15
The company says "We expect to realize substantial synergies from combining our Prepared Foods business with Hillshire Brands. Synergies are expected to come primarily from operational improvements, purchasing and distribution. As we execute our Prepared Foods strategy, we estimate the impact of the Hillshire Brands synergies, along with the cost savings and the production efficiencies associated with the previously announced plant closures, will positively impact our Prepared Foods segment by more than $225 million in fiscal 2015, and more than $500 million by the third full year of ownership. As we continue to integrate these businesses and deliver the first year synergies, the near-term results for fiscal 2015 are expected to be above the top end of our prior range of 6% despite a projected increase in raw material costs. However, as a result of the improvements we have made in our Prepared Foods business, our acquisition of Hillshire Brands and the significant synergies we expect to realize over the next few years, we believe the long-term profitability of this business should be between 10-12%."
07:35 EDTTSNTyson Foods sees FY15 sales $42B, consensus $42.51B
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07:33 EDTTSNTyson Foods sees FY15 adjusted EPS $3.30-$3.40, consensus $3.33
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07:32 EDTTSNTyson Foods reports Q4 adjusted EPS 87c, consensus 76c
Reports Q4 revenue $10.11B, consensus $10.16B.
06:38 EDTPFPinnacle Foods upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Pinnacle Foods to Buy citing market share gains and an improved balance sheet . The firm raised its price target for shares to $37 from $34.
November 14, 2014
08:32 EDTPFPinnacle Foods to acquire Garden Proten International for C$175M
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November 13, 2014
10:01 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:44 EDTTSNTyson Foods initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
Target $48.
November 12, 2014
10:00 EDTPFPinnacle Foods sees double digit adjusted EPS growth for the year
Sees FY interest expense at slightly about $96M. Sees FY CapEx $120M-$130M. Says "feels good" about productivity. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call.
08:18 EDTPFPinnacle Foods narrows FY14 adjusted EPS to $1.71-$1.74 from $1.70-$1.75
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08:18 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q3 Birds Eye Frozen net sales $257.4M
Reports Q3 Duncan Hines Grocery sales $271.2M; Reports Q3 Specialty Foods sales $95.4M.
08:17 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q3 EPS excl items 41c, consensus 41c
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06:53 EDTTSNTyson Foods volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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November 11, 2014
15:25 EDTPFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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November 10, 2014
12:09 EDTTSN, PPCUSDA raises 2014 meat production forecast, lowers 2015
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