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August 21, 2014
11:54 EDTWWAV, HAINWhiteWave Foods retreats after analyst cuts rating
Shares of WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) are falling after research firm Longbow downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy, citing concerns about competition and valuation. WhiteWave Foods markets organic foods, including substitutes for traditional milk products. It also sells traditional dairy products. WHAT'S NEW: Wal-Mart (WMT) appears to have introduced private label almond milk products at nearly all the locations checked by Longbow over the last two months, the firmís analyst Philip Terpolilli wrote in a note to investors today. The giant retailer has devoted more space to these private label brands, which cost about 25% less than the almond milk marketed by WhiteWave, the analyst stated. Although the private label almond milk mainly replaced other private label dairy items on shelves, WhiteWave products did lose some shelf space, the analyst stated. However, the company's almond milk did not lose any shelf space, he noted. Meanwhile, demand for WahiteWave's Horizon brand of conventional dairy products at Whole Foods (WFM) was mixed, Terpolilli reported. On a positive note, overall demand for WhiteWave's products remains solid, said Terpolilli, with demand for specialty milk rising by low single digit percentage levels at Wal-Mart this month versus the same period in 2013 and organic milk demand rising by mid single digit levels. But the analyst noted that WhiteWave's stock had surpassed his previous $35 price target and, in the wake of the survey results, he is not convinced that the stock can rise significantly this year. However, Terpolilli continues to be upbeat on the stock's long-term outlook .WHAT'S NOTABLE: WhiteWave competitor Hain Celestial (HAIN) yesterday reported slightly better than expected Q4 results. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, WhiteWave fell 73c, or 2%, to $34.50.
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November 14, 2014
06:22 EDTHAINHain Celestial price target raised to $127 from $114 at Citigroup
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November 11, 2014
10:00 EDTHAINOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:34 EDTHAINHain Celestial downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital
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November 10, 2014
12:06 EDTWWAVDean Foods rallies after Q3 results, guidance top estimates
Shares of Dean Foods (DF), a direct-to-store distributor of dairy products, are rallying after the companyís third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analystsí consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dean Foods reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of (3c) and revenue of $2.37B, topping analystsí consensus estimates of (13c) and $2.35B, respectively. Chief Financial Officer Chris Bellairs noted that the company was seeing positive signs of progress which will pave the way for it to rebuild profitability in 2015 and beyond. WHATíS NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Dean Foods forecast adjusted EPS of 5c-15c, well ahead of analysts' (2c) consensus. The company said the dairy commodity envrionment remains "challenging." The company expects raw milk costs will remain "stubbornly high" despite continued strong global production growth and waning demand, and does not see any relief until 2015. However, the company does expect significant butterfat cost declines at the end of Q4. Dean Foods said industry volumes remain "soft" and sees Q4 volumes to be down low single digits as compared to prior year, but with a continued improvement to net price realization. For FY14, adjusted EPS is seen at (16c)-(6c), also well ahead of expectations of (33c). Adjusted EBITDA for FY14 is expected to be $193M-$208M. On its earnings conference call, Dean Foods said domestic raw milk costs are likely to moderate as it exits 2014. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Dean Foods rose $1.89 or 12.76% to $16.26 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's advance, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the dairy product space include WhiteWave Foods (WWAV), which also reported better than expected results this morning, down 3.6%, and Lifeway Foods (LWAY), up 0.6%.
09:20 EDTWWAVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:46 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods raises low-end of FY14 EPS view to 99c-$1.00 from 98c-$1.00
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08:44 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods sees Q4 EPS 26c-27c, consensus 28c
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07:07 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods reports Q3 EPS ex-items 27c, consensus 26c
Reports Q3 revenue $857.47M, consensus $843.25M.

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