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April 21, 2014
07:02 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods to acquire Protenergy Natural Foods for $150M
TreeHouse Foods announced that it will acquire Protenergy Natural Foods, a developer and manufacturer of premium quality food and beverage products, namely private label broth, soups and gravies. TreeHouse has agreed to pay Whitecastle Investments Limited, Whitecap Venture Partners and others approximately $150M in cash for the business, subject to an adjustment for working capital. The company expects the transaction to have approximately 5c-7c EPS impact on 2014 earnings and add approximately 11c-15c in EPS in 2015. The transaction is expected to close late in the second quarter, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, and will be financed through borrowings under TreeHouse's existing credit facility. Protenergy had 2013 sales of approximately C$130M for the twelve months ended December 31, 2013. Following the acquisition, TreeHouse anticipates pro forma 2014 sales of approximately $2.7B and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $385M.
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October 2, 2015
10:00 EDTTHSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alexion (ALXN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... EnPro (NPO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... FutureFuel (FF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Johnson Controls (JCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Martin Marietta (MLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Northern Trust (NTRS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... PMC-Sierra (PMCS) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Pfizer (PFE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Realogy (RLGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Summit Materials (SUM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... TreeHouse (THS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:01 EDTTHSCiti likes TreeHouse with or without ConAgra unit deal
Citi analyst David Driscoll believes TreeHouse (THS) is a "compelling" investment with or without the acquisition of ConAgra's (CAG) $4B Private Brands unit. Investors are waiting to see if TreeHouse will acquire the unit, the analyst tells investors in a research note. Driscoll sees TreeHouse as the most logical buyer but sees "strong" organic growth for the company regardless. He keeps a Buy rating on TreeHouse with an $86 price target.
07:39 EDTTHSTreeHouse upgraded to Buy, revisions are over, says BofA/Merrill
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07:07 EDTTHSTreeHouse upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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September 28, 2015
15:57 EDTTHSConAgra private label unit bid on by TreeHouse, dealReporter says
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September 22, 2015
12:22 EDTTHSConAgra falls after Q1 revenue significantly misses estimates
Shares of packaged food company ConAgra (CAG) are falling after the company's first quarter revenue fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, ConAgra reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 45c, ahead of the consensus of 40c, and revenue of $2.79B, well short of expectations of $3.67B. ConAgra reported Q1 Consumer Foods sales of approximately $1.7B and Commercial Foods segment sales of $1.1B. The divestiture process for the private label operations is proceeding as planned, and the company expects to have an announcement on the outcome of this process later this fall. The company will assess opportunities to increase the dividend after it is further along with the strategic plan outlined at the end of fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects diluted EPS, adjusted for items impacting comparability, to be approximately in line with year-ago comparable amounts, compared to consensus of 63c. Despite strong fundamentals and expectations for continued margin expansion, comparable operating profits for the Consumer Foods segment in the fiscal second quarter are expected to be negatively impacted by foreign exchange, as well as a planned increase in marketing investment. Profits for the Commercial Foods segment are expected to post an increase in profitability year-over-year in the fiscal second quarter. Expected contribution from the private label operations, which are now in discontinued operations, is included in this guidance. On its Q1 conference call, ConAgra said its private brands divestiture was "on track" and there was "a lot of interest" in it. Management noted that they were "aggressively" pursuing maximizing actions and making "good progress" on margin improvement efforts. They said they were committed to an investment grade rating, marketing investments will increase throughout the year, and results from the last six months indicate positivity going forward. They said the company took a $1.95B charge on private label business in Q1, but remain confident that they will realize a tax benefit from the capital loss. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, ConAgra fell $2.39, or about 5.64%, to $40.01 on heavy trading volume. Despite the pull back, the shares have gained approximately 19% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the packaged foods space include Boulder Brands (BDBD), down 0.5%, Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 2.5%, General Mills (GIS), up 0.6%, JM Smucker (SJM), down 3%, and TreeHouse Foods (THS), down 0.4%.

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