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February 1, 2013
12:06 EDTSODA, KO, PEP, CBSNew SodaStream Super Bowl ad to depict disappearing bottles, Globes says
SodaStream's (SODA) revised Super Bowl ad will depict plastic bottles disappearing as various consumers use the company's soda making machine, Globes reported yesterday. The ad is emant to hammer home the company's message that its product helps the environemnt, the website noted. The original ad which which spoofs Coca-Cola (KO) and Pepsi (PEP) was rejected by CBS (CBS), will be shown online and on other TV networks, Globes added. Reference Link
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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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08:32 EDTCBSLIN Media overhang should be removed by deal, says Wells Fargo
After LIN Media (LIN) and CBS (CBS) signed a long-term affiliation agreement involving ten stations, Wells Fargo thinks the deal removes "a pretty significant overhang" on LIN's stock, since most of its affiliation deals with CBS expire on January 1, 2015, according to the firm.
07:32 EDTCBSCBS, LIN Media sign deal to renew station affiliation agreements
CBS (CBS) announced a deal with LIN Media (LIN) to renew existing station affiliation agreements for 12 LIN stations in ten markets nationwide.
07:30 EDTCBSLIN Media, CBS renew network affiliation agreements in 10 markets
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August 27, 2014
16:05 EDTKOKeurig Green Mountain expands board, appoints José Octavio Reyes Lagunes
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August 26, 2014
06:20 EDTKOCoca-Cola to introduce mid-calorie soda in Mexico, WSJ reports
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August 25, 2014
10:44 EDTCBSGray Television renewal with CBS removes overhang, says Wells Fargo
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08:31 EDTCBSCBS, Gray Television sign affiliation deal
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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 21, 2014
06:20 EDTCBSCBS seeking bigger share of pay-television revenue from affiliates, WSJ reports
CBS last week stripped an Indianapolis station of its affiliation due to a fee disagreement as it seeks a bigger share of pay-television revenue, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Indianapolis station's owner LIN Media (LIN) was set to be acquired by Media General (MEG) for $1.6B this year, but Media General cut its acquisition price Wednesday by 7%, or more than $100M, with the move from CBS cited as one of the reasons. According to Gabelli & Co., the lack of a CBS affiliation may cost the statio tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue to decline. Reference Link
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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