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Kraft Foods Group, Inc. (KRFT)

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  • Wed, Mar. 25, 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Tue, Mar. 24, 7:12 PM
    • Brazilian P-E firm 3G Capital is in talks to buy Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT), the WSJ reports.
    • 3G already controls Burger King, and (in tandem with Berkshire Hathaway) acquired Heinz in 2013. It recently raised $5B for fresh M&A.
    • Kraft has jumped to $68.55 AH. Its market cap stands at $40.8B.
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  • Mon, Mar. 2, 7:54 AM
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  • Sat, Feb. 14, 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.
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  • Wed, Jan. 7, 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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%.
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  • Oct. 11, 2012, 6:12 PM
    Kraft Foods (KRFT) has put its Breakstone dairy business up for sale, which could fetch ~$400M, and Mexico's Grupo Lala may be interested, Bloomberg reports. Analysts say such a sale could mark the start of a KRFT focus on its power brands; expect "ongoing pruning, especially if there is a slowdown and their leverage starts to get too high."
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Company Description
Kraft Foods Group Inc is a consumer packaged food & beverage company. It manufactures & markets food & beverage products, including cheese, meats, refreshment beverages, packaged dinners, refrigerated meals, snack nuts, & other grocery products.