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June 11, 2014
13:45 EDTPF, TSN, HSHPinnacle mulls seeking higher break fee as Hillshire won't back deal, WSJ says
Hillshire Brands (HSH) privately notified Pinnacle Foods (PF) earlier this week that it does not plan to recommend a merger with Pinnacle to its shareholders, and Pinnacle is now considering whether to hold Hillshire to its merger agreement or seek more money to agree to terminate its deal, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Hillshire's board has previously said that it has not approved or signed any deal to be acquired by Tyson (TSN), which has proposed to acquire it for $63 per share in cash. Reference Link
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March 25, 2015
11:58 EDTTSNStephens food/agribusiness analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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08:57 EDTTSNJBS S.A. weighing IPO for U.S. unit, Bloomberg reports
The world’s biggest meat producer, JBS S.A. (JBSAY), is mulling plans for an initial public offering of its U.S. unit, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with direct knowledge of the matter. Other publicly traded companies in the meat production space include Hormel Foods (HRL), Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Tyson Foods (TSN). Reference Link
March 24, 2015
11:40 EDTPFMcCormick hits 52-week high after Q1 results top expectations
Shares of spices, seasonings and condiments maker McCormick & Company (MKC) are advancing after the company's first quarter results surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, McCormick reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 70c excluding a 15c impact of special charges on revenue of $1.01B, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 64c and $985.12M, respectively. McCormick's Q1 sales rose 2% from the year-ago period and in constant currency, the increase was 6%. Consumer business sales rose 5% in constant currency in Q1 due to increased volume and product mix driven by product innovation, brand marketing support and expanded distribution. Industrial business sales grew 7% in constant currency, with higher volume and product mix, as well as pricing actions. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company forecast fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS of EPS $3.44-$3.51, below its prior view of $3.51-$3.58 given in January and analysts' estimates for FY15 of $3.53. The company continues to expect 4%-6% sales growth in constant currency for FY15. Based on year-to-date results and prevailing exchange rates, currency is now expected to lower this sales growth range by 5 percentage points, which is more than the previous projection of 3 percentage points. In constant currency, adjusted operating income is expected to grow 6%-7% from adjusted operating income of $608M in 2014. McCormick also raised its anticipated special charges for the year to $30M from $20M due to a higher response rate to its voluntary retirement program and additional actions in EMEA. McCormick is also targeting cost reductions of at least $85M in FY15, which are expected to help offset higher material costs. The company sees its Comprehensive Continuous Improvement program delivering at least $65M in 2015, and sees savings from reorganization actions of $20M. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alan Wilson commented that Q1 operating income was unfavorably impacted by several factors including special charges, unfavorable currency rates and higher material costs. Wilson said the company anticipates that these headwinds will continue in 2015, but expect the benefit of pricing actions and cost reduction efforts to build in the upcoming quarters. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, McCormick rose $2.90 or 3.96% to $76.10 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. The stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $77.79 earlier in the session. Including today's advance, the shares have gained nearly 13% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the food space include TreeHouse Foods (THS), down 0.8%, B&G Foods (BGS), up 1.2%, and Pinnacle Foods (PF), up 0.1%.
07:50 EDTTSNTyson Foods shares should be bought, says BB&T
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March 22, 2015
14:59 EDTPFPinnacle Foods enters bidding for meatless food company Quorn, Telegraph says
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March 16, 2015
16:25 EDTTSNTyson Foods backs FY15 EPS $3.30-$3.40, consensus $3.43
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07:16 EDTTSNConsumer Analyst Group of Europe to hold a conference
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March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTTSNStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
March 12, 2015
09:54 EDTPFPinnacle Foods should buy Green Giant vegetable business, says Credit Suisse
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08:59 EDTTSNTyson Foods can withstand bird flu outbreak, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital says that Tyson's business model can withstand "exogenous shocks" such as the current bird flu outbreak in the U.S. The firm does not expect key countries' export bans on U.S. chickens to last more than 60 days, and it says that Tyson has taken several measures, including cutting its reliance on exports and acquiring Hillshire, that reduce the impact of chicken export bans on it. In a worst case scenario, Tyson's 2015 profit will be negatively impacted by $50M by the flu outbreak, estimated the firm, which continued to identify the stock as a top pick and kept a $53 price target.
08:33 EDTPFPinnacle Foods management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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