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August 15, 2014
12:16 EDTDPS, MNST, GMCR, SODA, PEP, KOMonster 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 Hansenís Natural Sodas, Peace Tea, Hubertís Lemonade and Hansenís 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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March 26, 2015
14:08 EDTPEP, KOPepsi regains number two spot from Diet Coke in cola wars, AP says
Pepsi (PEP) regained the number two spot from Diet Coke (KO) in the cola wars. Diet Coke had knocked Pepsi off the number two spot back in 2010, AP reports. Reference Link
10:04 EDTDPSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alere (ALR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... Con-way (CNW) upgraded at Stifel... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... PartnerRe (PRE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... Saia, Inc. (SAIA) upgraded at Stifel... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC.
07:40 EDTDPSDr Pepper Snapple upgraded at Stifel
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07:25 EDTPEPThe Economist to hold a forum
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05:42 EDTDPSDr Pepper Snapple upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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March 25, 2015
09:33 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
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March 23, 2015
11:30 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain announces launch of K-Mug pods
Keurig Green Mountain announces the addition of Keurig K-Mug pods: pods that brew a large travel mug-size of consumers' beverages, offering even more brewing options within the Keurig 2.0 brewing system. Keurig 2.0, which debuted in Fall 2014, is a hot beverage system and the first Keurig brewer with the ability to brew a single cup, a four-cup carafe, and now a travel mug size of coffee. Available exclusively on Keurig.com, the new K-Mug pods are specially formulated to deliver the quality and strength of flavor that Keurig 2.0 brewer users expect when brewing 12-, 14-, and 16-ounce coffee and other beverages, accommodating both on-the-go lifestyles and those mornings that require more than a cup but less than a carafe.
07:04 EDTPEPPepsiCo elects former Dallas Fed president Richard Fisher to board
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March 19, 2015
10:28 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain 2.0 system traction disappointing, says Dougherty
Dougherty's said it is cautious on Keurig Green Mountain following checks indicating disappointing traction for the 2.0 brewer system.
06:53 EDTKOCoca-Cola CEO to raise marketing budget, revamp distribution network, WSJ says
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March 18, 2015
16:49 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage names Mark Hall as Chief Marketing Officer
On March 12, Monster Energy entered into a letter agreement with Mark Hall. The Hall Agreement confirmed Hallís position change from Chief Brand Officer to Chief Marketing Officer of Monster Energy on a full-time basis, effective as of January 1, 2015.
10:31 EDTPEP, KOPepsiCo's valuation low vs. peers, says Credit Suisse
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09:36 EDTKOActive equity options trading on open
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March 17, 2015
16:00 EDTKOOptions Update; March 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 11c to 27.30. Option volume leaders: AAPL RIG MGM HTZ TWTR TSLA CY KO NFLX C according to Track Data.
06:01 EDTPEPPepsiCo implied volatility of 21 at upper end of index
March 16, 2015
11:02 EDTPEPLive Nation enters multi-year strategic marketing alliance with PepsiCo
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10:28 EDTPEPOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: PVA NFLX BMRN DNOW MYL TEVA PEP GE
March 15, 2015
18:04 EDTKODavid Winters says Coca-Cola CEO declined bonus not enough, Reuters says
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17:57 EDTPEPPepsiCo to invest $500M in Egypt in 2015, Reuters says
PepsiCo's business unit manager for North East Africa Ahmed El Sheikh told Reuters at an investment conference in Sharm El-Sheikhwill that the company will invest $500M in Egypt this year to expand production. Reference Link

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