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May 27, 2014
07:07 EDTPPC, HSH, PFPilgrim's Pride proposes to acquire Hillshire Brands for $45.00 per share cash
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC) announced that it has made a proposal toacquire The Hillshire Brands Company (HSH) for $45.00 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $6.4B. Pilgrim said its all-cash proposal provides Hillshire shareholders with a substantially superior alternative to Hillshire's pending acquisition of Pinnacle Foods (PF), representing a 25% premium to the volume weighted average price of Hillshire shares over the 10 trading days following the announcement of the Pinnacle transaction. Further, the transaction represents a compelling value to Hillshire shareholders at 12.5x Hillshire's trailing adjusted EBITDA, including the $163M termination fee payable to Pinnacle. The proposal has the unanimous support of the Board of Directors of Pilgrim's, as well as the support of JBS S.A., the majority owner of Pilgrim's. It is anticipated that the proposed transaction would close in the third quarter of 2014 and would be subject to customary closing conditions and the termination of Hillshire's merger agreement with Pinnacle. Pilgrim's expects to finance the acquisition with a combination of existing cash balances and new debt financing.
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August 26, 2014
13:03 EDTHSHTyson Foods, Hillshire Brands announce extension of tender offer
Tyson Foods (TSN) and The Hillshire Brands Company (HSH) announced that Tyson has extended the offering period of its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Hillshire Brands for $63.00 per share in cash, without interest, subject to any withholding of taxes required by applicable law and upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated July 16. Pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated July 1, by and among Tyson, HMB Holdings and Hillshire Brands, the Offer, which was previously scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of Tuesday, August 26, has been extended until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on Wednesday, August 27, unless it is extended further under the circumstances set forth in the Merger Agreement. All terms and conditions of the Offer shall remain unchanged during the extended period.
12:09 EDTPPCSanderson Farms tumbles after Q3 results fall short of expectations
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August 19, 2014
18:19 EDTHSHTyson, Hillshire announce extension of tender offer for shares of Hillshire
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August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTHSHPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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August 13, 2014
10:03 EDTHSH, PFPinnacle 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.
08:34 EDTPFPinnacle Foods backs FY14 EPS $1.70-$1.75, consensus $1.74
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08:33 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q2 North American Retail sales up 11% to $536.2M
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08:32 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q2 EPS 33c, consensus 33c
Reports Q2 revenue $617.8M, consensus $629.33M
07:32 EDTHSHHillshire Brands not providing public targets for FY15
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07:31 EDTHSHHillshire Brands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 33c, consensus 26c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.1B, consensus $994.1M. As previously announced, on July 1, Hillshire Brands entered into a definitive agreement with Tyson Foods (TSN) under which Tyson will acquire all outstanding shares of Hillshire Brands for $63 per share. On August 12, 2014, each of Tyson and Hillshire Brands received a request for additional information, each often referred to as a “second request,” from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in connection with the proposed acquisition. Each second request was issued pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The second requests relate only to a very small portion of the combined Tyson/Hillshire Brands business, and the parties are working expeditiously to resolve this matter with the Antitrust Division. Tyson and Hillshire Brands continue to expect that the transaction, which remains subject to customary closing conditions, will be completed by September 27.

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