Pinnacle Foods says Hillshire Brands failed deal caused 'six weeks' distraction Pinnacle Foods (PF) says it has not lost any key executives following the "six weeks of distraction" caused by its aborted merger with Hillshire Brand (HSH). The company said it lost six weeks to investigate other M&A during that time, but that Pinnacle plans to be a consolidator and is back and active on exploring M&A opportunities. Comments from Pinnacle Foods' Q2 earnings conference call.
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Pinnacle Foods upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank Deutsche Bank upgraded Pinnacle Foods to Buy citing market share gains and an improved balance sheet . The firm raised its price target for shares to $37 from $34.
Pinnacle Foods sees double digit adjusted EPS growth for the year Sees FY interest expense at slightly about $96M. Sees FY CapEx $120M-$130M. Says "feels good" about productivity. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call.