Kraft Heinz offers to buy Unilever in $143B deal


In a statement, Kraft-Heinz said it has "made a comprehensive proposal" to Unilever about combining the two groups to "create a leading consumer goods company with a mission of long-term growth and sustainable living".

"This fundamentally undervalues Unilever", the maker of Marmite and PG Tips tea said.

However, Moreau noted that there would likely be competition issues associated with some parts of the business, should Kraft Heinz seek to acquire certain brands.

Private equity investor 3G has orchestrated a string of big deals, rocking the food and drink industry, including Anheuser-Busch InBev's takeover of SABMiller and the combination of Kraft and Heinz. The company's shares shot up by as much as 13% on the news, their biggest one-day rise in 30 years, giving the company a market value of more than $130 billion.

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Wrapmanager Inc. lowered its position in shares of The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) by 4.9% during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The stock gained as much as 12 percent in Amsterdam, while Kraft Heinz gained about 4.7 percent in pre-market trading in NY.

Bottling company Coca-Cola HBC was the other main mover on London's main index, rising by a further 4.03 per cent, after strong results on Thursday saw its share price fizz by 4.88 per cent. Meanwhile, short sellers - and Warren Buffett - may not be celebrating Deere & Company's earnings victory, with shorted shares accounting for 6.8% of DE's float, which would take almost two weeks of trading to cover, at DE's average daily volume. Today, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital own about 51 percent of Kraft Heinz.

A deal for Unilever would be the largest takeover ever in the food or beverage industries, surpassing Anheuser-Busch InBev SA's purchase a year ago of SABMiller PLC for about $123 billion including debt, as well as InBev NV's purchase of Anheuser-Busch 2008 and the 2015 transaction that created Kraft Heinz, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

But Moody's said it expected Unilever and rival Reckitt Benckiser, which last week agreed a $17.9bn takeover of Mead Johnson, the USA infant formula producer, to outperform the 2017 average.

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For comparison, the largest retail or consumer deal of 2015 was H.J. Heinz's $53.1 billion acquisition of Kraft Foods. A few weeks earlier, Kraft Heinz announced it would be partnering with Oprah Winfrey to create a line of ready-to-eat refrigerated meals as it looks to add more fresh fare and nutritious foods to its lineup. In comparison, HUL had a net profit of Rs4,082.37crore on sales of Rs31,987.17 crore in financial year 2016.

Halliburton Company's growth estimate for the current quarter is 85.7, and 264.3 percent for the next quarter.

Unilever, meanwhile, runs personal care brands like Dove, Surf, Axe, and St Ives.

According to a BBC report, the Kraft Heinz approach valued Unilever at around GBP112bn (US$139.1bn).

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