Tyson offers to buy Hillshire for US$6.13B

Reuters — Tyson Foods, the largest U.S. meat processor, offered to buy Hillshire Brands for US$6.13 billion to expand into the fast-growing market for breakfast foods.

Tyson said it would offer $50 per share, representing a premium of about 11 per cent to Hillshire’s closing on Wednesday (all figures US$).

Shares of Hillshire, the maker of Hillshire lunch meats and Jimmy Dean Sausages, were trading above Tyson’s offer at $51.70 before the bell on Thursday.

The offer comes two days after Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. offered to buy Hillshire in an all-cash deal valued at $6.4 billion to expand its protein footprint with Hillshire’s sausages and lunch meats.

Hillshire also offered this month to buy Pinnacle Foods, known for its Birds Eye frozen vegetables, in a $4.3 billion deal.

Tyson said on Thursday its offer for Hillshire would stand only if the Pinnacle deal was terminated.

Tyson said it had secured financing from Morgan Stanley Senior Funding.

The company said it expected the proposed to deal to add to its earnings per share in the first year after completion.

— Reporting for Reuters by Devika Krishna Kumar in Bangalore.


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