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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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December 19, 2014
13:43 EDTTSN, PPCUSDA 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 EDTTSN, PPCUSDA lowers 2014 meat production forecast
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09:53 EDTTSNTyson sees capturing over $500M in Hillshire synergies by end year three
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09:49 EDTTSNTyson Foods reiterates temporary halt on China expansion plans
09:44 EDTTSNTyson Foods targeting consistent growth, less volatile earnings
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09:25 EDTTSNTyson Foods lists 'rapid de-leveraging,' acquisitions among cash priorities
Tyson Foods said its priorities for cash include rapid de-leveraging from $1B+ cash flows and $500M+ from sale of Latin American operations; acquisitions to fulfill its growth strategy; and returning cash to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.
09:19 EDTTSNTyson Foods repeats FY15 adjusted EPS view $3.30-$3.40, consensus $3.41
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December 9, 2014
12:29 EDTTSNTyson Foods volatility at low end of range into investor meeting
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