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March 20, 2014
07:12 EDTUL, SIXSix Flags and Unilever announce multi-year marketing partnership
Six Flags (SIX) and Unilever (UL) announced a strategic partnership, naming Unilever Ice Cream the "Official Frozen Novelties" and "Hard Scooped Ice Cream" for all Six Flags Theme Parks in the U.S. During the five-year agreement, Unilever Ice Cream will have exclusive marketing and sales rights for all novelty products. The partnership also includes in-park brand exposure of Unilever ice cream products through digital and static signage via the Six Flags Media Networks and branded patio locations throughout the parks.
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December 18, 2014
18:06 EDTULUnilever withdraws lawsuit against Hampton Creek
Unilever U.S. has withdrawn its lawsuit against Hampton Creek over the labeling of its Just Mayo product.
10:07 EDTULFrance's antitrust authority fines Colgate, Unilever, P&G, WSJ reports
France's Autorité de la Concurrence has fined consumer product companies including Unilever (UN, UL), Procter & Gamble (PG), Reckitt Benckister (RGBLY) and Colgate (CL) a total of EUR345.2M for anticompetitive practices between 2003-2006, The Wall Street Journal reports. L'Oreal (LRLCY), Gillette and Beiersdorf were fined EUR605.9M in total. Reference Link
December 12, 2014
10:35 EDTSIXSeaWorld CEO exit sparks talk of Busch Gardens split
Shares of theme park operator SeaWorld (SEAS) climbed in early trading, but have since given up their gains, following the departure of the company's CEO and president, Jim Atchison. Research firm FBR Capital suggested that the company could be split into two parts. According to the firm, SeaWorld's stock could eventually be worth about double its present value if the company does decide to pursue a break-up. WHAT'S NEW: After SeaWorld announced last night that its current CEO would step down from the position as of January 15 and be replaced on an interim basis by its chairman, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that a split up of the company "looks compelling." Specifically, SeaWorld could split its SeaWorld parks off from the other parks it owns, including Busch Gardens and Sesame Place, the analyst stated. In such a scenario, the other parks could be seen as an eventual takeover target for theme park operators Six Flags (SIX) and Cedar Fair (FUN), although an acquisition would not take place for two years due to tax issues, Crockett stated. Following a split, truncated SeaWorld should be valued at $4 per share, while the other parks could trade at $12 per share, the analyst stated. However, the spun off SeaWorld shares could eventually rebound to $17 if its initiatives to revitalize its weak attendance bear fruit or if it turns itself into a REIT, Crockett stated. Under the scenario outlined by Crockett, SeaWorld's stock, currently trading at about $16.60, could be worth $29. Additionally, split off SeaWorld could be taken private a few years later at a 30% premium, Crockett believes. While the analyst does not think the board wants to split the company, he says that the CEO vacancy could spark greater interest in the idea among investors, or CEO candidates could embrace the concept. Crockett kept a $20 price target and Outperform rating on SeaWorld. WHAT'S NOTABLE: SeaWorld's CEO change is likely to be viewed positively by investors, given the challenges faced by the company, Wells Fargo analyst Timothy Conder wrote in his own note to investors today. However, the analyst thinks the company lacks fundamental catalysts through the first half of next year and is facing difficult comparisons. He kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, SeaWorld fell 4c, or 0.25%, to $16.06.

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