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January 5, 2014
20:24 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods to form JV with China Mengniu Dairy Company
The WhiteWave Foods announced that it has entered into a joint venture agreement with China Mengniu Dairy Company Limited. The joint venture intends to manufacture, market and sell a range of nutritious products in China. The joint venture has also executed an agreement to purchase Yashili Zhengzhou, a subsidiary of Yashili International Holdings. Zhengzhou’s primary asset is a production facility currently under construction in China, where the joint venture intends to manufacture its products. Mengniu is the majority owner of Yashili. Under the terms of the agreement, WhiteWave will own a 49% stake in the venture and Mengniu will own a 51% stake. The purchase price for Zhengzhou is expected to be approximately $85M, including approximately $62M for the purchase of equity and the balance for the repayment and assumption of debt and other obligations. Each joint venture party’s share of the purchase price for Zhengzhou will be consistent with its ownership interest in the venture. The parties expect to make additional investments to support the start-up and commercialization of the joint venture. The formation of the joint venture is subject to various governmental approvals in China which are expected to be obtained in the first half of 2014. The acquisition of the production facility is subject to the formation of the joint venture and approval of the minority Yashili shareholders.
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September 23, 2014
10:15 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods price target raised to $44 from $37 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Buy rated WhiteWave's price target to $44 and said it is one of the best growth stories in the group.
September 19, 2014
08:10 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods price target raised to $41 from $36 at Credit Suisse
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September 18, 2014
10:00 EDTWWAVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abengoa Yield (ABY) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Acacia Research (ACTG) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Allianz (AZSEY) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Boulder Brands (BDBD) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Discovery (DISCA) initiated with a Buy at Argus... FCB Financial (FCB) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Five Oaks (OAKS) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Furmanite (FRM) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Fusion Telecommunications (FSNN) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Helen of Troy (HELE) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... ICON plc (ICLR) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... InterOil (IOC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Jarden (JAH) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Level 3 (LVLT) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lombard Medical (EVAR) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Novatel Wireless (NVTL) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Rhino Resources (RNO) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Ryerson (RYI) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... SFX Entertainment (SFXE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... SoftBank (SFTBY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... TerraForm Power (TERP) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Vince Holding (VNCE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray.
08:51 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods acquisition favorable, says Oppenheimer
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September 17, 2014
18:08 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods to acquire So Delicious Dairy Free for about $195M in cash
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16:22 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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16:10 EDTWWAVWhiteWave Foods sees 7c-8c EPS impact from notes offering
WhiteWave Foods announced today that it has completed an offering of $500M in aggregate principal amount of 5.375% senior notes due 2022, through underwriters led by J.P. Morgan Securities. Net proceeds from the issuance and sale of the notes were approximately $490.7M. The earnings per share impact is expected to be non-material for Q3 and to be approximately 7c-8c per share dilutive on a full year basis. WhiteWave intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to repay outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility, support growth initiatives, including acquisitions, and for other general corporate purposes.
September 11, 2014
10:42 EDTWWAVWhiteWave seen having 50% chance of being acquired
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07:19 EDTWWAVChances of WhiteWave takeover seen increasing, says Stifel
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September 9, 2014
12:10 EDTWWAVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after opening in the red and trading in a narrow range throughout the morning. The domestic economic calendar only had two reports of consequence, and neither was particularly market moving. All eyes are on Cupertino, California, where Apple (AAPL) will shortly begin its much-anticipated product launch event. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism survey for August came in at 96.1, which was above the expected 96.0 reading. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS report, showed job openings slipped 2K to about 4.67M in July. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple were up 1% near noon ahead of the tech giant's latest product launch event, which is scheduled to begin at 1 pm ET. Expectations are for the company to introduce the iPhone 6, which has widely been speculated to be bigger than past members of the line-up and may come in 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch sizes. The company is also expected to unveil a wearable device, likely a smartwatch, and a mobile payment system integrated with both... Shares of fast food giant McDonald’s (MCD) slid 1% after reporting its comparable sales were down 3.7% worldwide in August and that its China supplier issue will negatively impact its Q3 EPS by 15c-20c. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Annies (BNNY), which surged 38% after prepared foods giant General Mills (GIS) last night said that it had agreed to buy the mac and cheese maker for $820M, or $46 per share in cash. Shares of a number of other natural food makers climbed after the deal, as WhiteWave (WWAV) rose nearly 3% and Boulder Brands (BDBD) jumped over 8%. Following the deal announcement, shares of General Mills slipped about 0.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Leidos (LDOS), which dropped 15% after the company reported lower than expected second quarter earnings and cuts its EPS view for the fiscal year. Also lower was MaxLinear (MXL), which fell 15% after the company said several of its cable and satellite customers have requested push-outs of shipments, resulting in the company lowering its Q3 revenue outlook and Needham downgrading the stock to Buy from Strong Buy. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 69.02, or 0.4%, to 17,042.40, the Nasdaq was down 14.93, or 0.33%, to 4,577.35, and the S&P 500 was down 6.74, or 0.34%, to 1,994.80.
10:12 EDTWWAVNatural food makers rise following Annies acquisition
Shares of a number of natural food makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Annies (BNNY), announced last night that it agreed to be acquired by General Mills (GIS). In a note to investors today, research firm Oppenheimer wrote that the deal should cause the valuations of two natural food makers, Boulder Brands (BDBD) and WhiteWave (WWAV), to rise in the near-term. WHAT'S NEW: General Mills last night said that it had agreed to buy Annie's for $46 per share in cash, or $820M. Annies' stock closed yesterday at $33.51. General Mills expects the transaction to be accretive to its earnings in the first 12 months following the completion of the deal. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh wrote that the acquisition of Annie's could cause the valuations of stocks in the natural foods sector to rise significantly. The terms of the acquisition of Annies imply a nearly 40x P/E multiple to consensus FY15 forecasts for the company, according to Parikh. The shares of Boulder Brands and WhiteWave should advance in the near-term, added the analyst, who kept Outperform ratings on both names PRICE ACTION: In early trading, WhiteWave rose 3.9% to $37.10, while Boulder Brands jumped 7.6% to $14.25. Another stock in the sector, Hain Celestial (HAIN), advanced 3.5% to $101.17, while Annies surged 37% to $46 and General Mills slipped 0.5% to $53.26.
09:12 EDTWWAVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTWWAVBoulder Brands WhiteWave Foods could be lifted by Annie's deal, says Oppenheimer
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