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June 9, 2014
10:27 EDTPPC, TSN, PF, HSHTyson 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 30, 2015
07:44 EDTPPC, TSNTyson Foods valuation multiples 'remain compressed,' says JPMorgan
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September 22, 2015
12:22 EDTPFConAgra falls after Q1 revenue significantly misses estimates
Shares of packaged food company ConAgra (CAG) are falling after the company's first quarter revenue fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, ConAgra reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 45c, ahead of the consensus of 40c, and revenue of $2.79B, well short of expectations of $3.67B. ConAgra reported Q1 Consumer Foods sales of approximately $1.7B and Commercial Foods segment sales of $1.1B. The divestiture process for the private label operations is proceeding as planned, and the company expects to have an announcement on the outcome of this process later this fall. The company will assess opportunities to increase the dividend after it is further along with the strategic plan outlined at the end of fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects diluted EPS, adjusted for items impacting comparability, to be approximately in line with year-ago comparable amounts, compared to consensus of 63c. Despite strong fundamentals and expectations for continued margin expansion, comparable operating profits for the Consumer Foods segment in the fiscal second quarter are expected to be negatively impacted by foreign exchange, as well as a planned increase in marketing investment. Profits for the Commercial Foods segment are expected to post an increase in profitability year-over-year in the fiscal second quarter. Expected contribution from the private label operations, which are now in discontinued operations, is included in this guidance. On its Q1 conference call, ConAgra said its private brands divestiture was "on track" and there was "a lot of interest" in it. Management noted that they were "aggressively" pursuing maximizing actions and making "good progress" on margin improvement efforts. They said they were committed to an investment grade rating, marketing investments will increase throughout the year, and results from the last six months indicate positivity going forward. They said the company took a $1.95B charge on private label business in Q1, but remain confident that they will realize a tax benefit from the capital loss. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, ConAgra fell $2.39, or about 5.64%, to $40.01 on heavy trading volume. Despite the pull back, the shares have gained approximately 19% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the packaged foods space include Boulder Brands (BDBD), down 0.5%, Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 2.5%, General Mills (GIS), up 0.6%, JM Smucker (SJM), down 3%, and TreeHouse Foods (THS), down 0.4%.

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