Pinnacle Foods upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse Credit Suisse upgraded Pinnacle Foods (PF) based on the expected termination of the Hillshire (HSH) merger agreement. The analyst said Hillshire will pay a $163M termination fee to Pinnacle that will provide options for the company to create shareholder value through another take-on acquisition, look for another transitional acquisition or even explore a potential sale. Price target is $36.
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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.