Mexican multinational bakery giant Grupo Bimbo, owned by Mexico's second richest clan, has reached an agreement to buy East Balt Bakeries for $650 million.
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Mexico stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Telecoms Services, Materials and Consumer Goods&Services sectors led shares lower. At the close in Mexico, the IPC lost 1.21% to hit a new 3-months low. The best performers of the session on the IPC were Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico (MX:GAPB), which rose 1.29% or 1.610 points to trade at 126.140 at the close. Meanwhile, El Puerto De Liverpool Sab De CV (MX:LIVEPOLC1) added 0.93% or 1.750 points to end at 191.100 and Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:BIMBOA) was up 0.50% or 0.210 points to 42.370 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Empresas ICA , S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:ICA), which fell 2.98% or 0.340 points to trade at 11.060 at the close. Grupo Televisa SA (MX:TLVACPO) declined 2.69% or 3.080 points to end at 111.500 and Cemex SAB de CV (MX:CMXCPO) was down 2.51% or 0.330 points to 12.840. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Mexico Stock Exchange by 106 to 48 and 3 ended unchanged. Shares in Empresas ICA, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:ICA) fell to 5-year lows; losing 2.98% or 0.340 to 11.060. Shares in Cemex SAB de CV (MX:CMXCPO) fell to 52-week lows; down 2.51% or 0.330 to 12.840. Gold for December delivery was up 0.54% or 5.90 to $1091.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $47.01 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.04 to trade at $52.89 a barrel. USD/MXN was up 0.19% to 16.2974, while EUR/MXN rose 1.28% to 18.0799. The US Dollar Index was down 0.73% at 96.63.
Mexico stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Healthcare, Materials and Financial Services sectors led shares lower. At the close in Mexico, the IPC lost 1.31% to hit a new 3-months low. The best performers of the session on the IPC were Kimberly – Clark De Mexico A (MX:KIMBERA), which rose 2.83% or 0.990 points to trade at 35.840 at the close. Meanwhile, Mexichem , S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:MEXCHEM) added 1.43% or 0.670 points to end at 47.520 and Grupo Financiero Inbursa , SAB De CV (MX:GFINBURO) was up 0.94% or 0.340 points to 36.400 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Genomma Lab Internacional SAB De CV (MX:LABB), which fell 6.83% or 1.120 points to trade at 15.210 at the close. Cemex SAB de CV (MX:CMXCPO) declined 6.13% or 0.860 points to end at 13.130 and Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:BIMBOA) was down 2.72% or 1.170 points to 41.960. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Mexico Stock Exchange by 89 to 58 and 11 ended unchanged. Gold for August delivery was up 0.44% or 4.80 to $1098.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 0.69% or 0.34 to hit $48.12 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 1.05% or 0.58 to trade at $54.69 a barrel. USD/MXN was up 0.26% to 16.2609, while EUR/MXN rose 0.27% to 17.8524. The US Dollar Index was up 0.07% at 97.35.
Mexico stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Healthcare, Financial Services and Telecoms Services sectors led shares higher. At the close in Mexico, the IPC added 0.56% to hit a new 1-month high. The best performers of the session on the IPC were Genomma Lab Internacional SAB De CV (MX:LABB), which rose 8.42% or 1.290 points to trade at 16.740 at the close. Meanwhile, Ohl Mexico, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:OHLMEX) added 2.69% or 0.560 points to end at 21.410 and El Puerto De Liverpool Sab De CV (MX:LIVEPOLC1) was up 2.30% or 4.100 points to 182.000 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were PINFRA SAB De CV (MX:PINFRA), which fell 1.21% or 2.090 points to trade at 170.300 at the close. Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:BIMBOA) declined 1.05% or 0.430 points to end at 40.330 and Kimberly – Clark De Mexico A (MX:KIMBERA) was down 1.02% or 0.350 points to 33.910. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Mexico Stock Exchange by 75 to 55 and 9 ended unchanged. Gold for August delivery was down 1.41% or 16.90 to $1185.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.47% or 0.28 to hit $60.24 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.45% or 0.28 to trade at $63.30 a barrel. USD/MXN was down 0.05% to 15.3407, while EUR/MXN fell 0.13% to 17.3970. The US Dollar Index was up 0.22% at 94.52.
Китай, Бразилия и Нигерия сокращают закупки пшеницы из США, крупнейшего экспортера зерна, вследствие избыточных мировых запасов, спрос на американскую пшеницу снизился до 20-летнего минимума на фоне роста доллара. Усугубляют ситуацию американские фермы крупного рогатого скота, которые вновь нарастили долю кукурузы в кормовом рационе, пишет Bloomberg. За последний месяц чикагские фьючерсы на пшеницу подешевели на 17%. Благодаря росту урожая в прошлом году в Аргентине, России и европейских странах мировое производство зерновых достигло рекордного уровня, а доля США на рынке снизилась до минимума по меньшей мере с 1960 года. Падение цен на зерно сокращает издержки таких покупателей муки, как Grupo Bimbo SAB и Panera Bread Co. Это одна из причин снижения отслеживаемых ООН цен на продовольствие до четырехлетнего минимума в прошлом месяце. "Пшеница из США не конкурентна на фоне огромного предложения из других стран. Пока другие поставщики будут предлагать более дешевую пшеницу с более низкими транспортными издержками, до тех пор США не смогут вернуть себе статус ведущего экспортера", - говорит Джо Ларди, директор по исследованиям CHS Hedging Inc. из Миннесоты, которая входит в состав крупнейшего в США сельскохозяйственного кооператива. Источник: Prime
Китай, Бразилия и Нигерия сокращают закупки пшеницы из США, крупнейшего экспортера зерна, вследствие избыточных мировых запасов, спрос на американскую пшеницу снизился до 20-летнего минимума на фоне роста доллара. Усугубляют ситуацию американские фермы крупного рогатого скота, которые вновь нарастили долю кукурузы в кормовом рационе, пишет Bloomberg. За последний месяц чикагские фьючерсы на пшеницу подешевели на 17%. Благодаря росту урожая в прошлом году в Аргентине, России и европейских странах мировое производство зерновых достигло рекордного уровня, а доля США на рынке снизилась до минимума по меньшей мере с 1960 года. Падение цен на зерно сокращает издержки таких покупателей муки, как Grupo Bimbo SAB и Panera Bread Co. Это одна из причин снижения отслеживаемых ООН цен на продовольствие до четырехлетнего минимума в прошлом месяце. "Пшеница из США не конкурентна на фоне огромного предложения из других стран. Пока другие поставщики будут предлагать более дешевую пшеницу с более низкими транспортными издержками, до тех пор США не смогут вернуть себе статус ведущего экспортера", - говорит Джо Ларди, директор по исследованиям CHS Hedging Inc. из Миннесоты, которая входит в состав крупнейшего в США сельскохозяйственного кооператива. (http://1prime.ru/consumer...)
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(http://on.wsj.com/1xtc4g3) * If the Obama administration's move to normalize ties with Cuba does lead to an end to the U.S. embargo, it could reignite battles over the U.S. rights to sell two of the island's most prized exports: cigars and rum. (http://on.wsj.com/13FSjFJ) * Car makers are not pulling out of Russia yet, but they are growing increasingly nervous and moving to control the damage from plunging consumer demand and exposure to Russia's swooning currency. (http://on.wsj.com/1AlBM5G) * Deezer, the French music streaming service, has appointed a new boss as it prepares for a full-scale launch in the already crowded U.S. market. (http://on.wsj.com/1C6d2R5) * Madison Square Garden Co, which said in October that it would explore separating its entertainment businesses from its media and sports operations, added on Thursday that it would consider breaking up further. 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(http://nyti.ms/1sNaYuG) * Xerox Corp has agreed to sell its information technology outsourcing business to Atos, the French technology company, for just over $1 billion. (http://nyti.ms/1wpZaOm) * Goldman Sachs Group Inc named John E. Waldron as one of its co-heads of investment banking, succeeding John S. Weinberg, a vice chairman and a member of one of the firm's most prominent families. (http://nyti.ms/1AN8meT) Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL ** In its continuing bid to boost competition in the wireless industry, Ottawa confirmed it will reserve the majority of cellular airwaves in a coming public auction for small carriers. At the same time, the federal government, which has pushed pro-consumer policy, assured Canadians in rural areas they will not lose what Internet access they already have and revealed plans to hold another auction of valuable low-band airwaves. 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(AIR), Red Hat (RHT) Companies that matched consensus earnings expectations include: Pier 1 Imports (PIR) Xerox (XRX) lowers FY14 adjusted EPS to $1.04-$1.06 from $1.11-$1.13, consensus $1.12 Xerox (XRX) lowers Q4 adjusted EPS view to 28c-30c from 30c-32c, consensus 31c Xerox (XRX) lowers FY15 adjusted EPS to $1.05-$1.11 from $1.11-$1.17, consensus $1.17 Nike (NKE) sees Q3 constant dollar revenue growth in low teens Nike (NKE) backs FY15 constant dollar revenue growth view Nike (NKE) sees FY15 China revenue growth in mid teens range Red Hat (RHT) sees Q4 EPS 40-41c, consensus 41c Red Hat (RHT) raises FY15 EPS to $1.57-$1.58, consensus $1.55 NQ Mobile (NQ) raises FY14 revenue view to $325M-$326M from $320M-$325M Cintas (CTAS) sees FY15 EPS ex-tems $3.20-$3.25, consensus $3.15 Pier 1 Imports (PIR) backs FY15 EPS view 95c-$1.05, consensus 98c NEWSPAPERS/WEBSITES Fortress (FIG) looks to sell TRAC Intermodal, Reuters says Google's (GOOG) next version of Android to be built directly into cars, Reuters says Obama administration to ease many parts of Cuba embargo, NY Times says Oracle (ORCL) looks like a 'buy', Barron's says Sony (SNE) loss on 'Interview' may not be covered by insurance, NY Post says Sony (SNE) shares could climb 50%, Barron's says Sony (SNE) unable to find outlet for film as relationships damaged, NY Times reports Toyota (TM) to consolidate seat-making operations, Nikkei reports SYNDICATE Alcoa (AA) files to sell 36.52M shares of common stock for holders Ally Financial (ALLY) files automatic common stock shelf Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) 11M M share IPO priced at $24.00 PlasmaTech (PTBI) 3.5M share Secondary priced at $4.00 Teekay Tankers (TNK) files to sell 20M shares of Class A common stock
Nature is valuable. But figuring out how valuable has been challenging. By some measures, the services that nature provides business and society — clean water, food and metals, natural defense from storms and floods, and much more — are worth many trillions of dollars. But that number is not helpful to companies trying to assess how dependent they are on natural resources, or how to value them as business inputs. In recent years, many large companies have realized that they need to get a handle on these issues, and that doing it well creates business resilience. But figuring out what steps to take has been challenging. Into that void steps a new, very helpful tool, the Natural Capital Business Hub. The Hub is a project run by the Corporate EcoForum, The Nature Conservancy, and The Natural Capital Coalition (and built by Tata Consultancy Services). It builds off a partnership launched at the Rio+20 summit in 2012 with companies such as Alcoa, Coca-Cola, Disney, Dow, GM, Kimberly-Clark, Nike, Unilever, and Xerox. At the time, they produced a report with case studies showing how companies have managed natural capital issues. The Hub expands that effort, making much more information available and searchable. The Hub basically does four things: Provides case studies of corporate action for benchmarking and learning, which you can search by industry, region, ecosystem, or value-creation focus (cost reduction, brand building, etc.). Offers perspective on how to make the business case internally by laying out how valuing natural capital helps business. Gives us a framework for implementation and a thorough description of (or links to) the best tools for valuing and managing natural capital. Opens up collaboration opportunities by listing programs that need more partners and builds a network of professionals (with 2Degrees Network) who are working on these issues. The case studies are ostensibly the core of the site. Project managers, facility heads, executives who make capital decisions, sustainability managers, and many others can learn from the work that leading companies have done already. Managing natural capital is a young field, but Dow, for example, is now three years into its six-year partnership with The Nature Conservancy to “recognize, value, and incorporate the value of nature into business decisions, strategies and goals.” (The company just released the latest update on the partnership.) The Hub is a place to start your research and learn from Dow and many others. On the site, you can find stories of completed projects or prospective collaborations that need more partners to get off the ground. In the first category, you’ll find stories like the one about Grupo Bimbo, the Mexican food company that owns Sara Lee, Hostess, and Pepperidge Farms. Bimbo needed to manage stormwater around a site in Pennsylvania. Using natural or “green” infrastructure such as rain gardens and forest buffers — versus “gray”, manmade systems like retention ponds and pipes — the company reduced ongoing operating costs and avoided the complications of burying pipes in sensitive ecosystems. On a somewhat larger scale, consider Darden restaurants (owner of Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and many more) and its efforts to save fisheries. As companies like Unilever and McDonald’s have long recognized, ensuring healthy fish stocks isn’t a philanthropic nice-to-have, but core to business survival: no fish, no fish sticks, lobster plates, or Filet-O-Fish sandwiches. Darden is working with the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and others to target valuable fisheries and manage them closely. What’s interesting about the Darden case study, and the Hub in general, is that this project is just getting started — essentially, it’s an open call for collaboration. The Hub is innovative and helpful because of the partnership tools. Natural capital issues are not easy and cross many lines – every company, city, and home in a region, for example, depends on water and flood protection. No organization or region can act alone, and it shouldn’t. By listing the major collaborations that are actively searching for new partners, the Hub has done a great service.
Grupo Bimbo Moves into Highly Saturated Canadian Bakery Market
Investors are looking at Flower Foods (FLO +1.6%) in a different light following Grupo Bimbo's acquisition of Canada Bread for a sweet premium. Right away the deal takes away the worry that Flower Foods would try to stretch too far to acquire Canada Bread for itself - while down the road the narrowed field of bread makers in the U.S. could support pricing and give a boost to Flower Foods' profits. Shares of FLO cracked $20 for the first time this month off the development.A little insider buying never hurts sentiment either. (SEC Form 4) Post your comment!
Grupo Bimbo (OTCPK:GRBMF) will purchase Canada Bread for $1.83B. The deal price comes at a hefty premium to Canada Bread's (OTC:CBDLF) projected earnings track and could be of interest to investors of Flower Foods (FLO) and Post Holdings (POST). Post your comment!
Twinkies will be back on the market by late July and the rest of the well-known Hostess brands will follow later in the summer, according to a Hostess Brands exec. The quick turnaround out of the bankruptcy bin has implications for Flower Foods (FLO) and Grupo Bimbo which were hoping to jump into the snacks food void with their own brands.
Twinkies will be back on the market by late July and the rest of the well-known Hostess brands will follow later in the summer, according to a Hostess Brands exec. The quick turnaround out of the bankruptcy bin has implications for Flower Foods (FLO) and Grupo Bimbo which were hoping to jump into the snacks food void with their own brands. 1 comment!
Grupo Bimbo (GRBMF.PK) plans to launch knock-off Hostess products before the well-known brands can be brought back to the market by Apollo Global Management (Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs) and Flower Foods (Wonder Bread, Nature's Pride) from the bankruptcy bin. The new snack products could be on the market within a month or two.
Grupo Bimbo (GRBMF.PK) plans to launch knock-off Hostess products before the well-known brands can be brought back to the market by Apollo Global Management (Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs) and Flower Foods (Wonder Bread, Nature's Pride) from the bankruptcy bin. The new snack products could be on the market within a month or two. 1 comment!
The billionaire Servitje family of Mexico, led by Roberto Servitje, owns Grupo Bimbo, Mexico’s largest bakery company, with household brands including Nutella and Sara Lee sold throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Grupo Bimbo is being threatened by the criminal group Los Caballeros Templarios (The Knights Templar). The organization, a savage cartel that operates in the drug-plagued Mexican state of Michoacán, has threatened to burn trucks owned by Bimbo, Marinela (the pastries division of Grupo Bimbo), Barcel (a Bimbo unit that makes tortillas, potato chips and snacks) and Sabritas (a Pepsi-Cola subsidiary that makes snacks), if they distribute their products during the next three weeks in the state’s Apatzingán region, Mexico City’s leading daily, Reforma, reported on April 17.