Tue, Nov. 8, 2:58 PM
- Food stocks are getting gobbled after a report circulates indicating that 3G is prepping for another acquisition.
- Sources tell Brazil Journal that 3G is raising between $8B and $10B for the new deal.
- Gainers on the day include Mondelez International (MDLZ +4%), G. Will Food-International <<WILC,>> Kraft Heinz (KHC +2.8%), Pilgrim's Pride (PPC +2.9%), Lifeway Foods (LWAY +1.2%), Pinnacle Foods (PF +0.8%), Tyson Foods (TSN +1.4%), Seneca Foods (SENEB), Campbell Soup (CPB +3.6%), General Mills (GIS +3%), Kellogg (K +2.8%), Flower Foods (FLO +1.4%) and J.M. Smucker (SJM +1.1%).
- The PowerShares Dynamic Foods & Beverage ETF (NYSEARCA:PBJ) is up 1.93% on the day.
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.
Jul. 2, 2015, 6:58 PM
- Heinz completes its purchase of Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT), creating the third largest food and beverage company in North America and fifth largest worldwide, and will begin trading Monday under the ticker KHC.
- Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital, which together bought Heinz in 2013, now own 51% of Kraft Heinz and control six of its 11 board seats, including one for Warren Buffett; Alex Behring, 3G's managing partner, is KHC's chairman.
- KHC will pay a $0.55/share cash dividend on July 31, in lieu of the dividend declared on June 22 by KRFT to its shareholders.
Mar. 25, 2015, 6:23 AM
- H.J. Heinz, owned by P-E firm 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B), and Kraft (NASDAQ:KRFT) have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create The Kraft Heinz Company, forming the third largest food and beverage company in North America.
- Heinz shareholders will own a 51% stake in the combined company, while Kraft shareholders will hold a 49% stake and receive a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share.
- Together the new company will have eight $1B+ brands and five brands between $500M-$1B.
- "I am delighted to play a part in bringing these two winning companies and their iconic brands together. This is my kind of transaction," said Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.
- 3G previously took Burger King private in 2010, bought Tim Hortons last year through the holding and teamed up with Berkshire Hathaway two years ago to buy Heinz for $23B.
- Kraft’s revenue last year was effectively flat at $18B and net profit fell 62% to $1B, due to higher commodity costs and big charges related to its post-employment benefit plans.
- Previously: Kraft now +16.5% on buyout report; MDLZ, CAG also gain (Mar. 24 2015)
- KRFT +15.8% premarket.
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.
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Mar. 2, 2015, 7:54 AM
- RBC Capital Markets thinks Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Kellogg (NYSE:K), or Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT) would make a logical acquisition for Berkshire Hathaway after reading Warren Buffett's annual shareholder letter.
- Buffett was very active in the food sector previously as a backer of 3G in the acquisitions of Heinz and in the Tim Hortons-Burger King combination.
- Previously: Buffett, Munger talk succession and more in annual letters (Feb. 28 2015)
- Previously: Buffett talks to CNBC after annual letter
Feb. 14, 2015, 10:13 AM
- Craft soda is starting to become a trend to watch closely, according to industry insiders.
- Though still accounting for only ~1% of the total U.S. soda market, major retail chains have increasingly been willing to bet on local craft brands in store aisles.
- The craft craze is old news for the beer industry where coming-of-age millennials buy craft/local beers at a 50% higher rate than brand-loyal older generations. Fading stars such as Budweiser and Bud Light are testament to the impact of the millennial paradigm.
- The craft influence in coffee hasn't been lost on Starbucks which has strategically deployed trucks on college campuses in an effort to win over students.
- Despite the progressive reputation of Starbucks, analysts think new upstarts such as Craft (subscription) and Cups (app) have a shot of gaining influence with the Indie-minded millennial crowd on "customization" and pricing.
- What to watch: An increase in M&A activity in the beverage sector is expected as major companies strategically pick off more local craft brands to incubate.
- Craft beer watch: BUD, OTCPK:SBMRY, TAP, OTCQX:HEINY, SAM, BREW, STZ, OTC:BIBLF, OTCPK:BRBMF.
- Craft coffee watch: GMCR, SBUX, JVA, SJM, KRFT, DNKN, QSR, MCD.
- Craft soda watch: PEP, KO, MNST, COT, DPS, OTCQB:JSDA, REED, SODA, FIZZ.
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.
Jun. 12, 2014, 2:17 PM
- After missing out on Hillshire Brands and Smithfield Foods, Brazilian food giant JBS S.A. (JBSAY) has a narrower list of acquisition targets, according to Deutsche Bank.
- Oscar Meyer (KRFT) and Hormel Foods (HRL) are two big-target options for JBS, while Maple Leaf Foods MFI and Sanderson Farms SAFM are on the lighter side.
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
Oct. 2, 2013, 3:11 AM
- Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is reportedly close to selling its cocoa business to Cargill in a deal that could be worth up to $2B.
- The divestiture would further strengthen ADM's shift towards the grains industry as it completes its $3B acquisition of GrainCorp. The transaction would also reduce ADM's exposure to the lower profitability that's affecting the cocoa sector.
- The deal would create a global price-setting giant to rival Zurich-based Barry Callebaut (BYCBF.PK), the world's biggest producer of industrial chocolate products. Cargill and Barry Callebaut would account for over 50% of world capacity.
- Food producers that could be affected include MDLZ, HSY, RMCF, KRFT, NSRGY.PK.
- ETF: NIB
Jun. 6, 2013, 5:43 AM
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has blocked Heinz's (HNZ) proposed acquisition of organic baby food supplier Rafferty's Garden due to antitrust concerns. The deal would have resulted in "highly concentrated markets where barriers to entry and expansion are high," the regulator said.| Jun. 6, 2013, 5:43 AM | 2 Comments
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