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April 16, 2014
10:49 EDTSODA, GMCR, PEP, DPS, SBUX, KOSodaStream rallies following report of talks to sell stake to American company
Shares of Israel's SodaStream (SODA) are surging after an Israeli website reported that the company was in talks to sell a stake to a major American company. Meanwhile, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) - which is developing a product that will compete with SodaStream's at-home soda makers - is falling slightly, despite the up market. WHAT'S NEW: SodaStream has held early stage discussions about selling a 10%-16% stake in itself to a strategic buyer, according to Hebrew language business website Calcalist. SodaStream is talking about selling the shares based on a company valuation of $52 per share, the website stated, adding that SodaStream has had discussions about the matter with PepsiCo (PEP), Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), or Starbucks (SBUX). The company holding discussions about buying SodaStream is interested in receiving options that would enable it to raise its stake in the company in the future, said Calcalist. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) announced in February that it was partnering with Coca-Cola (KO) to develop its own at-home cold drinks maker, which will compete with SodaStream's products. Coca-Cola took a 10% stake in Keurig Green Mountain and has the option to increase its stake in the future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Stifel called Calcalist's report "unsubstantiated and unlikely." In the past the website reported falsely that PepsiCo was going to purchase SodaStream, noted Stifel analyst Jim Duffy. Additionally, Duffy continues to believe that SodaStream would not be a good partner for a major American company, partly because SodaStream's profit margins aren't high enough and because its profits would not move the needle for a large partner. He kept a Sell rating on SodaStream. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, SodaStream jumped 8.6% to $40.93 and Keurig Green Mountain shares lost 0.67% to $96.74.
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August 29, 2014
16:18 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling forms pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (COKE) announced it has signed a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to expand the bottler’s franchise territory to include the Knoxville, TN territory currently served by Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company. This agreement represents the second phase of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent between the company and The Coca-Cola Company. The company expects the transaction to close by the end of October. The company is continuing to work towards a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for the remainder of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent, including Cleveland and Cookeville, TN and Louisville, Lexington, Paducah and Pikeville, KY and Evansville, IN. The definitive agreement and other agreements to be entered into at closing will provide the Company the exclusive rights to distribute brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company as well as certain other brands not owned by The Coca-Cola Company that are currently being distributed in the Knoxville territory by CCR. The transaction includes the purchase by the Company of distribution assets and certain working capital items from CCR relating to this territory and the purchase of exclusive rights to distribute certain non-Coca-Cola brands in this territory. The transaction also includes the grant by CCR to the Company of exclusive rights to distribute brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company in this territory under a comprehensive beverage agreement to be entered into at closing. Under such agreement, the Company will make a quarterly sub-bottling payment to CCR on a continuing basis after the closing for the grant of such exclusive rights. The Company will not acquire any production assets from CCR and will, with certain exceptions, purchase finished goods from CCR to service customers in this territory.
August 28, 2014
10:28 EDTSODASodaStream still facing inventory issues at mass retailers, says Detwiler Fenton
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August 27, 2014
16:05 EDTKO, GMCRKeurig Green Mountain expands board, appoints José Octavio Reyes Lagunes
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August 26, 2014
07:00 EDTGMCRKeurig Kraft deal to provide market share boost, says William Blair
William Blair believes that Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) licensing deal with Kraft (KRFT) is an important step in Keurig's efforts to recapture unlicensed share. Following Keurig's decision to raise its portion pack prices by 9%, the firm thinks that the conversion of formerly unlicensed players likely enhances the ability of Keurig to implement price increases. William Blair keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
06:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola to introduce mid-calorie soda in Mexico, WSJ reports
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August 25, 2014
07:06 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain reports release of Keurig 2.0 hot beverage brewing system
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06:05 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility movement; GMCR TLM
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 34, Talisman Energy (TLM) 47 according to iVolatility.
August 24, 2014
18:19 EDTPEPPepsiCo holders would benefit more from split up, Barron's says
PepsiCo shareholders would benefit more if Pepsi and Frito-Lay were split, Barron's contends in its cover article. Cost cutting at both companies would offset synergies, the paper adds. Reference Link
August 22, 2014
16:20 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:57 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain surges after inking deal with Kraft
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12:20 EDTGMCROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:43 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain volatility low, shares up on Kraft licensing agreement
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09:01 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain, Kraft Foods announce licensing agreement
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August 19, 2014
09:01 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain estimates raised at SunTrust
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August 18, 2014
13:12 EDTKOAnalysts mixed on Monster Beverage following Coke deal
Analysts had mixed outlooks on energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) in notes to investors earlier today. The analyst comments come after last Thursday night’s announcement that Monster had formed a strategic partnership with Coca-Cola, which included Coca-Cola taking a 16.7% stake in the energy drink maker. BEARISH TAKE: Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy downgraded Monster Beverage to Hold from Buy, saying that the stock's valuation "looks full" following its rally on Friday. The potential for a strategic deal is no longer a positive catalyst for Monster's stock, as that catalyst largely played out Friday, Grundy believes. Although Coca-Cola is likely to increase its stake in Monster, it will likely take years to do so, the analyst forecast. Additionally, the growth of the global energy drink space has been slowing in recent months, creating risk for Monster, the analyst believes. However, Grundy did raise his price target on the shares to $95 from $80. BULLISH TAKE: The deal is "a big win" for both Monster and Coca-Cola, but Monster will benefit more, analysts at Wells Fargo contended. The deal should significantly increase Monster's opportunity in international markets, according to the firm. Moreover, Wells believes that the market has historically undervalued Monster's international potential, and it estimates that the company's international business is worth about $65 per share. The firm raised its price target range on the stock to $104-$106 from $79-$81 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Like Wells Fargo, Credit Suisse expects the deal to accelerate the growth of Monster's international business. Additionally, the firm thinks that Monster could return a significant percentage of the $2.1B it received from Coca-Cola to shareholders, either through share repurchases or a one-time dividend. Credit Suisse increased its price target on Coca-Cola to $98 from $82 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Monster dropped 4% to $89.50. On Thursday the stock closed at $71.65.
07:41 EDTKOMonster Beverage price target raised to $104-$106 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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