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  • Fri, Oct. 14, 9:46 AM
    • Pinnacle Foods (PF +1.9%) is higher after a fresh analyst note from RBC Capital mentions the food company as a possible acquisition target of ConAgra (CAG +1.3%). Pinnacle currently trades with a market cap of right at $6B, while ConAgra's market value is $20.6B.
    • ConAgra is rated at Outperform by RBC and assigned a price target of $54.
    | Fri, Oct. 14, 9:46 AM | 4 Comments
  • Fri, Oct. 14, 8:22 AM
    • RBC says ConAgra (NYSE:CAG) deserves a multiple closer to its peers following the Lamb Weston spinoff and potential for margin upside.
    • Sees a strong chance CAG will make a major near-term acquisition; cites Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) as the mostly likely target.
    • Target of $54 up from $50.
    | Fri, Oct. 14, 8:22 AM
  • Tue, Jun. 21, 5:48 PM
    • Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) recently held talks to merge with ConAgra's (NYSE:CAG) Lamb Weston frozen potato business in a deal that would have valued the unit at ~$6B, WSJ reports.
    • The deal would have been structured as a Reverse Morris Trust, according to the report; Post currently has a ~$4.9B market value.
    • The talks stalled but could come back to life, the report says, adding that CAG now is focused on the previously announced spinoff of Lamb Weston; if the talks were to revive and result in a deal, it would be the largest in Post’s history.
    | Tue, Jun. 21, 5:48 PM | 2 Comments
  • Mon, May 23, 4:25 PM
    • ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) announces that it will sell Spicetec Flavors & Seasonings to Givaudan for ~$340M.
    • The deal is expected to close within three months.
    • Reports emerged earlier in the year indicating that ConAgra was considering a sale of the business.
    | Mon, May 23, 4:25 PM
  • Nov. 18, 2015, 6:39 AM
    • ConAgra Brands will be a diverse portfolio of leading brands. 2015 revenue: $9B.
    • Lamb Weston will be a leading foodservice supplier of frozen potatoes. 2015 revenue: $2.9B. 2015 operating profit: $570M.
    • CAG plans tax-free distribution of Lamb Weston publicly-traded stock.
    • Expected completion: fall 2016.
    • Mgmt. color: "The decision to separate into two pure-play companies reflects our ongoing commitment to implementing bold changes in order to deliver sustainable growth and enhanced shareholder value. We carefully considered a variety of strategic alternatives, and believe that the separation of our Lamb Weston (NYSE:LW) specialty potato business from our consumer brands business is the best way to drive shareholder value. The separation will enable each company to sharpen its strategic focus and provide flexibility to capitalize on the unique growth opportunities in its respective market.
    • "Shareholders will gain direct exposure to more focused consumer and commercial foods businesses, each with distinct customer bases and investment profiles. We are confident that this separation will best position each company to compete and win while creating compelling long-term value for shareholders and delivering benefits to employees, customers and other key stakeholders."
    • Conference call: 8:30 this morning.
    • Related: Bullish Thesis Inevitable With ConAgra Foods Growth Potential And Expected EPS Growth (Oct. 1)
    | Nov. 18, 2015, 6:39 AM | 3 Comments
  • Nov. 2, 2015, 6:57 AM
    • ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) announces it will sell its private label operations to TreeHouse Foods (NYSE:THS) for ~$2.7B.
    • The company says the sale process involved talking to 35 potential buyers of the asset.
    • The deal is expected to close in Q1 of 2016.
    | Nov. 2, 2015, 6:57 AM | 8 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2015, 7:45 PM
    • Reuters reports TreeHouse (NYSE:THS) is in late-stage talks to buy private-label foodmaker Ralcorp from ConAgra (NYSE:CAG).
    • Neither company has moved yet after hours. Ralcorp, which makes cereals, cookies, crackers, pasta, and other food products, was acquired by ConAgra for $6.8B in 2013 after factoring debt.
    • The NY Post reported of talks between TreeHouse and ConAgra in August.
    | Oct. 22, 2015, 7:45 PM | 4 Comments
  • Aug. 22, 2015, 9:14 AM
    • TreeHouse Foods (NYSE:THS) is in advanced talks to buy the private-label food business of ConAgra (NYSE:CAG), sources tell New York Post.
    • A deal could be struck for the Ralcorp business in the neighborhood of $3B. ConAgra tipped earlier this year it planned to divest Ralcorp.
    • Cerberus Capital Management and Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) are believed to still be in the hunt as well.
    • TreeHouse's CEO and CFO met with groups of investors this week to reiterate the food company's thirst for M&A.
    | Aug. 22, 2015, 9:14 AM | 3 Comments
  • Mar. 24, 2015, 9:34 PM
    • Kraft (NASDAQ:KRFT) finished AH trading at $71.44 following a WSJ report stating the company is in talks to sell itself to P-E firm 3G Capital. Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ) rose 3.3% to $36.18, and ConAgra (NYSE:CAG) rose 1.9% to $35.27.
    • The WSJ has added more details. Sources state a deal could be announced soon, and that 3G would use previously-acquired Heinz to make the purchase. It now calls buyout talks "advanced," and highlights 3G's track record of aggressively cutting costs at consumer companies it has acquired.
    • The paper speculates Kraft "could be valued at well over $40 billion," given typical M&A premiums. The food/beverage giant closed AH with a $42.6B market cap.
    | Mar. 24, 2015, 9:34 PM | 18 Comments
  • Jul. 14, 2014, 7:46 AM
    • ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) announces it acquired TaiMei Potato Industry Limited for $93M in a move that will expand its potato production in China.
    • The company says the deal won't impact its debt reduction plans for FY15.
    | Jul. 14, 2014, 7:46 AM | 2 Comments
  • May 27, 2014, 7:28 AM
    • A $6.4B offer by Pilgrim Pride's (PPC) to buy Hillshire Brands (HSH) could rattle the food sector.
    • For starters, the deal could spoil Hillshire's offer on the table to buy Pinnacle Foods (PF).
    • The quick analyst take on a PPC-HSH combination is favorable with the companies focused in different areas (chicken vs. packaged meat) which could lead to easy access to new distribution channels.
    • Premarket: HSH +22.9% to $45.49, PF -5.3% to $31.50.
    • Also on merger watch in the food sector: THS, SJM, GIS, KRFT, CPB, ADM, BGS, RAH, HAIN, K CAG
    | May 27, 2014, 7:28 AM | 2 Comments
  • May 12, 2014, 7:13 AM
    • A merger between Hillshire Brands and Pinnacle Foods could kickstart the consolidation frenzy in the food industry analysts have been forecasting.
    • The sector has been tapped to see a high rate of mergers and buyouts due to the significant synergies that could be unleashed through combinations.
    • On watch: THS, SJM, GIS, KRFT, CPB, ADM, BGS, RAH, HAIN, K, CAG
    | May 12, 2014, 7:13 AM | 1 Comment
  • Feb. 14, 2013, 8:04 AM

    Moving higher premarket on the Berkshire/Heinz news: CBP +2.5%. CAG +1.5%. KRFT +0.9%. DF +0.5%.

    | Feb. 14, 2013, 8:04 AM
  • Feb. 12, 2013, 3:28 AM

    With NYSE Euronext getting hitched to ICE, Nasdaq (NDAQ) has been exploring its own options. Not only has the exchange held unsuccessful talks with private-equity firm Carlyle (CAG) about a buyout, it has held discussions with two other P-E companies as well, and with CME (CME) about partnerships around technology and indexes, but not more than that.

    | Feb. 12, 2013, 3:28 AM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 27, 2012, 7:14 AM

    More on the ConAgra Foods (CAG) - Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) deal: The acquisition is expected to accretive for ConAgra in the first year by providing significant cost synergies, particularly in the areas of supply chain and procurement efficiencies. Financing will be derived from existing cash and credit facilities, as well as new borrowings as needed. (PR)

    | Nov. 27, 2012, 7:14 AM
  • Nov. 27, 2012, 7:07 AM

    ConAgra Foods (CAG) will buy Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) for $90 a share. The deal will create the largest packaged food company in North America.

    | Nov. 27, 2012, 7:07 AM