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November 7, 2012
08:12 EDTKRFTKraft Foods says Q4 results will continue to reflect transition
Sees flat-to-down net revenue in Q4, says reported profit impacted by several factors like ongoing pruning activities, higher restructuring costs. Says on track to deliver FY13 guidance, including organic revenue growth in line and tax rate ~35%. Expects to recommend a quarterly dividend of 50c per share to its board in December. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q3 earnings conference call.
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March 25, 2015
09:35 EDTKRFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL TWTR TSLA KRFT FB BIDU GPRO V GILD NFLX
09:24 EDTKRFTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTKRFTKraft specifically excited over international opportunity for new company
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08:46 EDTKRFTKraft Foods expects no share repurchases for at least two years
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08:45 EDTKRFTKraft Heinz Company targets $2B of debt pay-down within two years
The company targets net leverage of below 3.0x to be achieved in the medium term. Expects to refinance $8B of Preferred Equity as soon as it is callable in June 2016 with new Investment Grade debt. Expects to refinance $9.5B of existing secured Heinz high-yield debt with new Investment Grade debt at transaction close.
08:40 EDTKRFTKraft Heinz Company outlines structure of the new board
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08:25 EDTKRFTMondelez volatility flat into H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods merger
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08:22 EDTKRFTBuffett says has looked at 'all the companies' in Kraft's space
Buffett was answering a question posed by CNBC's Becky Quick regarding whether Campbell Soup (CPB), Mondelez (MDLZ) or others could be targets for Berkshire (BRK.A) following its Heinz and Kraft (KRFT) deals.
08:13 EDTKRFTKraft brands have a lot of potential to expand internationally, Buffett says
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08:13 EDTKRFTBuffett says 'we look at everything' in terms of M&A targets
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08:07 EDTKRFTBuffett says will hold about 320M shares of newly combined Kraft-Heinz
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08:03 EDTKRFTBuffett says Kraft Foods deal 'in the works' for four weeks or so
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07:28 EDTKRFTOptions expected to be active
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06:19 EDTKRFTKraft Foods to host conference call
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06:08 EDTKRFTKraft Foods, H.J. Heinz merge to form The Kraft Heinz Company
Privately held H.J. Heinz Company and publicly held Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North America. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by both Heinz and Kraft's boards, Kraft shareholders will own a 49% stake in the combined company, and current Heinz shareholders will own 51% on a fully diluted basis. Kraft shareholders will receive stock in the combined company and a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share. The aggregate special dividend payment of approximately $10B is being fully funded by an equity contribution by Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and 3G Capital. The special cash dividend payment represents 27% of Kraft's closing price as of March 24. Together the new company will have eight $1B-plus brands and five brands between $500M-$1B. Warren Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway said, "I am delighted to play a part in bringing these two winning companies and their iconic brands together. This is my kind of transaction, uniting two world-class organizations and delivering shareholder value. I'm excited by the opportunities for what this new combined organization will achieve." When the transaction closes, Alex Behring, Chairman of Heinz and the Managing Partner at 3G Capital, will become the Chairman of The Kraft Heinz Company. John Cahill, Kraft Chairman and CEO, will become Vice Chairman and chair of a newly formed operations and strategy committee of the board. Bernardo Hees, CEO of Heinz, will be appointed CEO of The Kraft Heinz Company. The Kraft Heinz Company will be co-headquartered in Pittsburgh and the Chicago area. The synergy potential includes an estimated $1.5B in annual cost savings implemented by the end of 2017. Synergies will come from the increased scale of the new organization, the sharing of best practices and cost reductions, the companies said. The transaction is expected to be EPS accretive by 2017. Once the transaction is complete, The Kraft Heinz Company plans to maintain Kraft's current dividend per share, which is expected to increase over time. Kraft has no plans to change its dividend prior to closing. The special cash dividend of $10B in the aggregate to existing Kraft shareholders will be paid upon closing and will be funded by an equity investment by Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital. Shares of the company will continue to be publicly traded. As the cash consideration is fully funded by common equity from Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital, the merger is not expected to increase the debt levels of The Kraft Heinz Company. The transaction is subject to approval by Kraft shareholders, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2015. Lazard served as exclusive financial advisor for Heinz, and Centerview Partners served as exclusive financial advisor for Kraft.
06:02 EDTKRFTKraft Foods, H.J. Heinz announce definitive merger agreement
H.J. Heinz Company and Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North America. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by both Heinz and Kraft's boards, Kraft shareholders will own a 49% stake in the combined company, and current Heinz shareholders will own 51% on a fully diluted basis. Kraft shareholders will receive stock in the combined company and a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share. The aggregate special dividend payment of approximately $10B is being fully funded by an equity contribution by Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) and 3G Capital.
March 24, 2015
19:21 EDTKRFTKraft Foods up 15% after WSJ report that 3G Capital in talks to buy company
19:18 EDTKRFT3G Capital in talks to acquire Kraft Foods, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTKRFTKraft in talks with Academy of Nutrition over endorsement claims, WSJ says
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March 17, 2015
17:37 EDTKRFTKraft Foods voluntaril˝y recalls some cases of Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 242,000 cases of select code dates and manufacturing codes of the Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinner ľ due to the possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal. The recalled product is limited to the 7.25-oz. size of the Original flavor of boxed dinner with the "Best When Used By" dates of September 18, 2015 through October 11 with the code "C2" directly below the date on each individual box
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