Warren Buffett's Kraft Heinz rebuffed after approaching Unilever over £143bn takeover

18 February, 2017, 00:56 | Author: Elaine Woods

The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) announced a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, February 15th.

"Unilever rejected the proposal as it sees no merit, either financial or strategic, for Unilever's shareholders", it added.

The statement says that Unilever has declined the proposal, but Kraft Heinz "look forward to working to reach agreement on the terms of a transaction".

The 16 analysts offering 12-month price forecasts for Kraft Heinz Co have a median target of 95.00, with a high estimate of 115.00 and a low estimate of 69.00. A company with a PEG ratio greater than one might be considered overvalued using this metric alone.

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer giant behind Dove soap, Flora margarine and Marmite, has rebuffed a £143bn plus takeover approach from USA rival Kraft Heinz.

The sharp rebuff from Unilever to Kraft Foods, which is backed by the 77-year-old Brazilian billionaire and his 3G Capital private equity firm, together with Mr Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, is unlikely to deter the dynamic duo.

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Unilever shares surged as much as 15 percent to a record in London, valuing the maker of Hellmann's mayonnaise at more than $140 billion.

Kraft Heinz shares were higher by nearly 4% in pre-market trading on Friday.

Unilever shares rose almost 15 percent on the news, now trading up 13.76 percent at 3,808.62 (1348GMT).

Although the firm's shares benefited in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote, as anxious investors piled into defensive stocks, they began to taper after a pricing spat with Tesco. The current group was formed in 2015 from the merger of USA food groups Kraft and Heinz. The stock's current distance from 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) is -2.25% where SMA50 and SMA200 are 0.06% and 1.53% respectively.

Average Revenue Estimate for the current quarter is $6.55 Billion, according to consensus forecast of 11 analysts. Company has 4.80% insider ownership.

Kraft Heinz is the fifth-biggest food and beverage company in the world and the third-biggest in North America. He says that if UL were to accept an offer from Kraft Heinz Co, it would need to "divest or sell the household personal care business, otherwise the deal is not doable based on the math". The Kraft Heinz Company has 1 year price target of $90.29.

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