Stephen Simpson, CFA • 14 Comments
Thu, Mar. 3, 9:14 AM
- JAB Holding completes its acquisition of Keurig Green Mountain (NASDAQ:GMCR).
- The transaction brings Keurig under the same corporate umbrella as Caribou Coffee, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, Bach Espresso, Bravo, Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, and Espresso House.
- By swallowing up Keurig, JAB has raised the stakes in its battle with Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX), Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Nestle (OTCPK:NSRGY), and JM Smucker (NYSE:SJM) for coffee dominance. For now, Starbucks plans to stick with its Keurig partnership, although on the last SBUX earnings call Howard Schultz called the future of the relationship unresolved (earnings call transcript). The other companies will also have to shift strategy to the new coffee matrix.
- JAB is a privately-owned company with power divided up between the children of Albert Reimann.
Nov. 11, 2015, 3:30 PM
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, 1:30 PM
- Mondelez (MDLZ -0.6%) is in talks with multiple potential buyers to sell its Carte Noire French coffee brand, and thus placate European antitrust regulators following its deal with D.E. Master Blenders (DEMB) to create Jacobs Douwe Egberts, the world's biggest coffee company.
- The EC approved the Jacobs Douwe deal on the condition Mondelez unload Carte Noire, and DEMB sell its Merrild coffee unit. Italy's Lavazza struck a deal to buy Merrilld last month.
- Reuters states Carte Noire is valued around €1B ($1.11B). Mondelez received $4.21B in cash and a 44% JV stake in the Jacobs Douwe deal.
May 5, 2015, 6:52 AM
- Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) and D.E. Master Blenders (OTC:DEMBF) land conditional approval from the European Commission on their proposed merger after agreeing to divest a few brands in certain regions.
- The newly-created Jacobs Douwe Egberts is expected to strike revenue of more than €5B ($5.56B).
- Pierre Laubies will be the pure play coffee company's CEO.
Apr. 24, 2015, 7:00 AM
- Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO) and Dean Matropoulus are looking to sell Hostess after only holding the brand for about two years, according to the New York Post.
- Sources indicate at least one buyer is willing to pay the $2B price tag.
- Hostess was sold out of bankruptcy for $410M and now operates under a more cost-efficient structure.
- Analysts think Hostess could be grown to a billion-dollar brand.
- Snack rivals includes Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ), Hershey (NYSE:HSY), Flower Foods (NYSE:FLO), and Grupo Bimbo (OTCPK:GRBMF).
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. 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. 27, 2015, 9:31 AM
- Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) sells its 50% interest in Ajinomoto General Foods to JV partner Ajinomoto Co.
- The company says it will receive ¥27B ($226.2M) in pre-tax proceeds at closing.
May 7, 2014, 7:10 AM
- Mondelez International (MDLZ) says it will form a new coffee company with D.E. Master Blenders.
- The new company, Jacobs Douwe Egberts, is forecast to have revenue of over $7B and an EBITDA margin in the high teens.
- Mondelez will have a 49% interest in Jacobs Douwe Egberts after the transaction closes.
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
Jul. 17, 2013, 3:19 PM
Jul. 17, 2013, 7:27 AM
A timeframe that Nelson Peltz has given to PepsiCo (PEP) to consider the activist shareholder's suggestions has reportedly ended. Proposals include acquiring Mondelez (MDLZ), strategic options for PepsiCo's North American drinks business and more cost-cutting. Some believe that if the company hasn't adequately address Peltz's concerns, he could go public. A CNBC interview this afternoon could prove interesting.| Jul. 17, 2013, 7:27 AM | 2 Comments
Apr. 29, 2013, 1:07 PMSpeculation that PepsiCo (PEP +0.3%) will either snap up Mondelez International (MDLZ +0.2%) and spin off a new snack company or explore combination opportunities with Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD +1.5%) continues to swirl around to affect the conversation on the stock. Though the company hasn't tipped off anything big in nature, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi did tease about exploring "structural options" for the North American beverage business during the firm's recent earnings call. (transcript) | Apr. 29, 2013, 1:07 PM | 1 Comment
Apr. 26, 2013, 6:51 PM
Pepsi (PEP) is unlikely to buy Mondelez (MDLZ), according to reports in dealReporter, as PEP appears likely to stick with "healthy" food options, and expressed concern about antitrust issues. Rumors about a deal surfaced last week when investor Nelson Peltz disclosed he had taken a stake in both companies.| Apr. 26, 2013, 6:51 PM | 5 Comments
Apr. 19, 2013, 8:29 AM
Nelson Peltz discloses stakes in Mondelez (MDLZ) and PepsiCo (PEP), following earlier reports the billionaire could be pushing for a merger of the food giants, and PEP says it has held meetings with Peltz's Trian Fund Management in recent weeks to consider its "ideas and initiatives" for long-term growth. Trian says it owned 3.9M PEP shares and 19.4M shares in MDLZ as of Dec. 31. MDLZ +2.3%, PEP +0.8% premarket.| Apr. 19, 2013, 8:29 AM | 5 Comments