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June 9, 2014
10:27 EDTHSH, TSN, PPC, PFTyson 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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September 17, 2014
11:11 EDTPFGeneral Mills crumbles after earnings miss, downgrade
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September 11, 2014
12:05 EDTTSN, PPCUSDA lowers forecasts for 2014, 2015 meat production
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September 10, 2014
09:05 EDTTSNTyson Foods reinstated with a Buy at Goldman
Target $46.
September 9, 2014
09:16 EDTPFPinnacle Foods 15M share Spot Secondary priced at $32.30
The deal range was $32.20-$32.40. Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley acted as joint book running managers for the offering.
09:12 EDTPFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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September 8, 2014
18:31 EDTPFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 3.6%... Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Annies (BNNY), up 37.3% after General Mills (GIS) announced it will acquire the company for $46 per share... General Mills is trading just under 1% higher... Following the Annies/General Mills announcement, Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) is 3.6% higher, WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is up 6.3%, and Boulder Brands (BDBD) is up 8.7%... iPass (IPAS), up 35.1% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.1% after being initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), up 5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pep Boys (PBY), down 6.7% following second quarter miss. ALSO LOWER: Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 3.7% after filing an automatic common stock shelf and announcing the sale of 15M shares of common stock for holders... Physicians Realty Trust (DOC), down 4.9% after offering 9M common shares.
16:53 EDTPFPinnacle Foods files to sell 15M shares of common stock for holders
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16:40 EDTPFPinnacle Foods files automatic common stock shelf
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September 4, 2014
11:34 EDTPFPinnacle Foods says pricing remains 'difficult'
Says weak consumer, demand environment pressuring volume. Says promotion intensity and reduce efficiency is driving higher trade spending and lower gross margins. Says pricing remains difficult, while near-term inflation expectations have increased. The company feels that future accretive acquisitions would accelerate growth. For its foundation brands, Pinnacle is focused on maintaining stable sales, market position and cash flow. For its leadership brands, the company aims to invest in marketing to drive growth and share expansion. In regards to its Wish-Bone acquisition, the company says that it is immediately accretive and is anticipating a run rate EBITDAS of $65M, including synergies due to the purchase. Says In-house production on track for 1Q15. Says NOLs is expected to significantly reduce cash taxes through FY15, with additional benefits in FY15 and beyond. Expects $14M of Wish-Bone amortization in FY16. Expects NOL tax benefit of $6M in FY16. Expects total cash tax benefit $28M in FY16.
11:33 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reaffirms FY14 EPS $1.70-$1.75, consensus $1.74
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09:26 EDTTSNTyson Foods backs FY14 EPS ex-items view of at least $2.78 per share
Consensus $2.81. Tyson CFO Dennis Leatherby stated at the Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference that he expects the addition of Hillshire to be accretive to earnings in fiscal 2015 and substantially accretive thereafter, adding that he expects at least 10% EPS growth in FY15.
09:24 EDTTSNTyson Foods CEO says moving forward quickly with Hillshire integration
Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith told investors at the annual Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference that the process for combining the company with Hillshire is well underway, stating, "We're moving forward quickly with the integration and finding synergies, and we feel good about our ability to capture $225M in synergies in the first year and $500M by year three." Smith added, "The more we get into it, the better we feel," according to presentation recap provided by the company.

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