Thu, Oct. 22, 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.
Fri, Sep. 25, 2:04 PM
- Packaged food stocks are ahead of broad market averages for the day. There are some consistent themes playing out in the sector which have increased interest in select names. Topping the list are M&A potential, activist investor action, and good old-fashioned fundamental valuation.
- Gainers: Treehouse Foods (NYSE:THS) +3.1%, B&G Foods (NYSE:BGS) +2.9%, ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) +2.7%, Kellogg (NYSE:K) +2.6%, General Mills (NYSE:GIS) +2.3%, Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) +2.3%, J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM) +1.6%.
Thu, Sep. 24, 5:37 PM
Tue, Sep. 22, 7:59 AM
- ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) reports Commercial Foods segment sales grew 3.5% to $1.097B.
- Consumer Food segment sales fell 0.3% to $1.697B.
- Gross margin rate increased 370 bps to 25.1%.
- SG&A expense rate +20 bps to 14.5%.
- Adjsuted segment profit: Consumer Foods: $248M (+22%); Commercial Foods: $139M (+13%).
- Private brands operations classified as discontinued operations for the quarter.
- FQ1 results
Tue, Jun. 30, 8:04 AM
- ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) reports Consumer Food segment sales rose 4.5% to $1.86B in FQ4.
- Commercial Foods segment sales grew 6.6% to $1.23B.
- Private brands segment sales fell 1% to $1.02B.
- Gross margin rate improved 94 bps to 22.24%.
- Adjsuted segment profit: Consumer Foods: $319M (+20%); Commercial Foods: $154M (+3%); Private brands: -$31M (-30%).
- Company plans to close Private brands operations.
- CAG +3.62% premarket.
Tue, Jun. 30, 7:33 AM
Fri, Jun. 19, 8:03 AM
- Jana Partners isn't likely to stay quiet after taking a stake in ConAgra (NYSE:CAG).
- The activist firm is already calling for a strategic review and capital allocation changes at ConAgra.
- Retail analysts see the development as a positive for shares in the mid-term.
- Deutshe Bank estimates a sum-of-the-parts valuation on ConAgra (CAG) of $47 if the company were to be broken up, although it concedes the board is likely to resists a break-up plan.
- ConAgra issued a statement indicating it will open discussions with Jana after FQ4 earnings are reported on June 30.
- Previously: ConAgra pops after Jana Partners takes a stake (Jun. 18 2015)
- CAG +6.0% premarket to $41.47.
Thu, Jun. 18, 4:52 PM
Thu, Mar. 26, 12:37 PM
- Deutsche Bank thinks 3G Capital will be back in the food sector for a major acquisition faster than some other investment firms anticipate.
- 3G put itself in a stronger position to make a major purchase by not adding debt in the Kraft deal.
- Analyst Eric Katzman sees some food names trading with a premium as the 3G shadow hangs over the sector, while others have downside risk with M&A speculation not making as much sense.
- Premium on: ConAgra (NYSE:CAG), General Mills (NYSE:GIS), Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF), PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP).
- Premium off: Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB), Hershey (NYSE:HSY), Hormel (NYSE:HRL), Kellogg (NYSE:K), J.M. Smucker (NYSE:SJM).
- Previously: Investors snapping up food stocks (Mar. 25 2015)
- Previously: Beer fallout from Kraft buyout (Mar. 25 2015)
- Previously: Kraft-Heinz merger has a few ETFs on the move (Mar. 25 2015)
Thu, Mar. 26, 7:47 AM
- ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) reports sales in its Consumer Foods segment fell 2% to $1.8B in FQ3 on flat volume.
- Operating profit was up 3% to $274M on a tighter advertising spend.
- The Commercial Foods segment saw a 1% gain in sales to $1B and 18% rise in operating profit to $145M.
- Private Brands segment sales -5% to $1B on volume declines across brands.
- Guidance: ConAgra sees FY15 EPS of $2.15-$2.19 vs. $2.14 consensus.
- CAG +1.6% premarket.
Tue, Mar. 24, 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.
Fri, Feb. 13, 5:36 PM
Thu, Feb. 12, 4:30 PM
Dec. 18, 2014, 8:15 AM
- ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) reports Consumer Food segment sales fell 1.9% to $1.98B in FQ2.
- Commercial Foods segment sales were up 1.9% to $1.12B.
- Private brands segment sales dropped 4.8% to $1.05B.
- Gross margin rate declined 133 bps to 21.41%.
- Segment profit: Consumer Foods: $301.7M (+5.5%); Commercial Foods: $148.1M (+16.0%); Private brands: -$202.3M.
- FY2015 Guidance: Adjusted EPS: mid-single digit rate growth Y/Y; Operating cash flow: $1.6B to $1.7B; Debt: reduce by $1.0B.
- CAG -0.27% premarket
Oct. 9, 2014, 10:58 AM
- Consumer staples stocks continue to persevere amid a broad market decline.
- The Consumer Staples Select ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) is +1.9% over the last 5 days vs. the -1.3% showing of the S&P 500 ETF.
- Today, PepsiCo (PEP +1.5%) is doing some of the heavy lifting following its Q3 earnings report - while a number of meat stocks are also contributing including Pilgrim's Pride (PPC +1.3%), ConAgra Foods (CAG +1.8%), Hormel (HRL +0.7%), Seneca Foods Corp. (SENEA +0.7%), Diamond Foods (DMND +1.1%), Tyson Foods (TSN), and Sanderson Farms (SAFM +0.7%) .
Sep. 24, 2014, 11:01 AM
- Food stocks are topping market averages as investors shift to a more defensive stance.
- The sector is also getting a look with grain, corn, meat, and rice prices moderating on improved global supplies.
- On the move: Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) +2.0%, Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) +1.0%, Sanderson Farms (NASDAQ:SAFM) +1.7%, Diamond Foods (NASDAQ:DMND) +1.5%, Flower Foods (NYSE:FLO) +1.3%, Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) +1.6%, General Mills (NYSE:GIS) +0.7%, ConAgra (NYSE:CAG) +1.1%, Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT) +1.0%, Tyson Foods (NYSE:TSN) +1.5%, Seaboard (NYSEMKT:SEB) +2.7%.
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