Aug. 19, 2015, 11:38 AM
- Large food companies need to focus on bold M&A and innovation actions over recharging iconic brands, concludes Rabobank in a new report on the sector.
- A shift in consumer preferences has sparked a need to introduce new brands which are on trend - instead of focusing on "innovation-lite" and product reformulation strategies. Buying promising brands at an earlier stage than normal is seen as a forward-thinking strategy.
- Related stocks: KHC, MDLZ, PEP, KO, OTCPK:NSRGY, OTCPK:NSRGF, WWAV, HAIN, K, GIS, POST, CPB, PF, THS.
Jan. 7, 2015, 10:59 AM
- Most investment firms weighing in think PepsiCo (PEP +2.3%) is too big of a target for 3G to land as they dissect the WSJ report on interest in the multinational.
- Campbell Soup (CPB +4.3%) is trading like it's viable 3G target, while Kellogg K, and Kraft Food Group (KRFT +2.1%) have also been bandied around by retail analysts as possibilities.
- Outside of the food sector, Bloomberg's Tara Lachappelle notes Colgate-Palmolive (CL +0.2%) makes sense for 3G.
Jan. 7, 2015, 8:05 AM
- Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) is higher in early trading after being thrown back into the M&A pot.
- Today's speculation centers on a play from 3G in the food sector.
- It's of note that 3G was able to quickly cut $700M in costs when it snapped up Heinz and lifted the company's profit margins by 700 bps.
- CPB +2.3% premarket to $44.01.
Jan. 7, 2015, 7:12 AM
- Shares of Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) and PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) are on watch after the WSJ reports 3G is discussing trying to acquire a major food company.
- Sources indicate the massive size of PepsiCo deal could prompt a partial buyout or a bid in tandem with Aneuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD).
- PEP +0.8% premarket, CPB inactive.
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 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
Dec. 17, 2013, 2:56 PM
- Speculation is running around the options pits that Campbell Soup (CPB +4.2%) could be the next food company to be purchased in a mega-buyout. Options contracts on CPB have very active all month.
- Though a case could be made that Campbell makes a nice fit for a number of acquirers, a Warren Buffett-backed bid by 3G is the subject of most of the talk.
- The Dorrance heirs own a good chunk of Campbell Soup and could have the final say on the matter.
Aug. 12, 2013, 10:33 AM
Jun. 17, 2013, 5:08 PM
Campbell (CPB) is acquiring Denmark's Kelsen Group, owner of the Kjeldsens and Royal Dansk baked snack brands (the latter is known to U.S. consumers for its butter cookies), from P-E firm Maj Invest for an undisclosed sum. Kelsen had 2012 sales of $180M, has been growing at a "compound double-digit rate" since '09, and has seen its Chinese sales grow at a 28% CAGR over the last 3 years. The deal will bolster a baked snack business that includes the Pepperidge Farm cookie/cracker brand, and the Arnotts Australian biscuit brand. It's expected to be "modestly accretive" starting in 2014.| Jun. 17, 2013, 5:08 PM
May 24, 2013, 10:15 AM
Campbell's Soup (CPB -0.8%) trades lower after announcing it will acquire Plum Organics, a maker of organic foods for kids, for an undisclosed amount. CPB is apparently looking to cash in on a growing market for premium and organic baby food and says that with the addition, the company's "portfolio of kids-focused soups, beverages and snacks will have annual sales of more than $1B." Plum is the No. 4 baby food brand in the country, with $93M in gross sales during 2012. (PR)| May 24, 2013, 10:15 AM
Sep. 13, 2012, 5:52 AMCampbell Soup (CPB) is considering making acquisitions as part of an attempt to expand its baking and snacking business into more international territories, CEO Denise Morrison tells the WSJ. Campbell is still formulating its global strategy for the operations, which includes encouraging more co-operation between its Pepperidge Farm and Arnott's brands. | Sep. 13, 2012, 5:52 AM
Jul. 9, 2012, 8:02 AM
Campbell Soup (CPB) announces that it will buy Bolthouse Farms for $1.55B in a cash deal slated to close in late summer. The company estimates the acquisition will add $0.05-$0.07 to EPS in FY13.| Jul. 9, 2012, 8:02 AM
May 4, 2012, 1:23 PM