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August 15, 2014
12:16 EDTMNST, KO, SODA, DPS, PEP, GMCRMonster surges as Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in company
Shares of beverage company Monster Beverage (MNST) are surging after Coca-Cola (KO) took a 16.7% stake in Monster and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. WHAT'S NEW: Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage Corp, the companies said. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coca-Cola will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster. Monster will transfer its non-energy business, which includes Hansen’s Natural Sodas, Peace Tea, Hubert’s Lemonade and Hansen’s Juice Products to Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola will become Monster's preferred distribution partner globally, while Monster brands will be the only energy drinks distributed by Coca-Cola. At closing, Coke will make a net cash payment of $2.15B and transfer its worldwide energy business to Monster, and Monster will issue to Coke the shares of Monster common stock, transfer its non-energy business to Coke, and enter into expanded distribution arrangements. The transaction is expected to close late in 2014 or early in 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On slides discussing the partnership, Monster said that it anticipates fiscal year 2013 pro forma operating income to be over $700M following the deal with Coke vs. $600M for "current Monster." Monster sees a pro forma second quarter cash balance of $2.6B vs. $0.8B for current Monster. ANALYST REACTION: Following the companies' announcement, Wells Fargo analyst Bonnie Herzog said she feels that the Coke/Monster deal is a good move for both firms. She expects the agreement to significantly quicken Monster's international division and believes that the company's market share could gross 4 to 5 times its current international sales within the next three years due to the deal. She feels that Coke gains increased access to the energy category. The firm maintains an Outperform rating on both the stocks. Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan perceives Monster's agreement with Coke as hugely positive since it builds international and U.S. revenue synergies while boosting EBITDA BY $95M next year. He keeps Monster's shares with a Buy rating and raises its price target to $94 from $75. CLSA upgraded Monster to Outperform from Underperform. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon, Monster is up $21.62 or 30.17% to $93.27 and Coca-Cola is up 58c or 1.46% to $40.76. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of SodaStream (SODA) are up relatively flat following the news. Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS) is down 0.2% and PepsiCo (PEP) is down 0.25%. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 1% since Coke took a 10% stake in the company on February 5.
News For MNST;KO;SODA;DPS;PEP;GMCR From The Last 14 Days
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October 21, 2014
07:44 EDTKOCoca-Cola expects macro environment to remain challenging through 2015
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07:43 EDTKOCoca-Cola says Q3 North America net revenues decreased 2%
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07:40 EDTKOCoca-Cola sees mid single digit headwind on profit before tax in 2015
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07:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola expanding productivity initiatives with $3B in ann. savings by 2019
07:38 EDTKOCoca-Cola says taking actions to reinvigorate growth
The company introduced the following initiatives to reinvigorate growth: Streamlining and simplifying its operating model to speed decision making and enhance local market focus. Expanding its current successful productivity program by targeting annualized savings of $3B per year by 2019. This productivity program will focus on four key areas: Restructuring the company’s global supply chain, including manufacturing in North America; Implementing zero-based budgeting across the organization; Streamlining and simplifying its operating model; and Driving increased discipline and efficiency in direct marketing investments. As a result of these productivity initiatives, the company expects to fund the marketing initiatives and innovation required to deliver sustainable net revenue growth. These savings will also support margin expansion and increased returns on invested capital over time. Refocusing on its core business model of building the world’s greatest beverage brands and leading an unmatched global system of strong local bottling partners. This will include refranchising the majority of company-owned North American bottling territories by the end of 2017 and a substantial portion of the remaining territories no later than 2020. Strategically targeting brand and growth investments that leverage its global strengths. This includes previously announced plans to improve the quantity and quality of marketing, as well as making future investments that will target markets and categories where brands remain underfunded relative to the opportunity. Focusing on driving revenue and profit growth across markets while providing local operations with a clear line of sight and aligned compensation targets. Beginning in 2015, revenue growth will be added as a metric in the company’s incentive plans. The company will adjust the relative importance of volume and price/mix in each market in order to drive the right behavior for each market type.
07:37 EDTKOCoca-Cola maintains long-term high single digit EPS growth target
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07:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola expects to be below long-term EPS growth target for 2014
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07:34 EDTKOCoca-Cola reports comparable Q3 EPS 53c, consensus 53c
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October 20, 2014
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; October 20, 2014
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15:48 EDTKOCoca-Cola October weekly 43 straddle priced for 2.7% move into Q3
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15:36 EDTKONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling to exchange franchise territory with Coca-Cola
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October 17, 2014
08:03 EDTGMCRKeurig receives notification from SEC regarding closing inquiry
Keurig Green Mountain announced it has received notification from the Securities and Exchange Commission that it is closing the previously disclosed four-year inquiry into accounting and disclosure matters at the company and would not be recommending any enforcement action against the company or any of its current or former employees.
October 16, 2014
10:07 EDTKOCoca-Cola volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:10 EDTPEPPepsiCo should divest Quaker Foods, says Jefferies
Jefferies believes PepsiCo should divest its Quaker Foods North America business since the unit has been a drag on organic sales and operating income growth. The firm views a possible divesture as a potential share catalyst since it thinks such a move would be well received by investors. It keeps a Buy rating on PepsiCo with a $103 price target.
October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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06:14 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain implied volatility of 40 at lower end of index mean range
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October 13, 2014
15:23 EDTKOCoca-Cola Amatil could sell water brand to Coca-Cola, AFR says
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07:26 EDTPEP, MNST, GMCRAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
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