Unilever reviewing options after Kraft Heinz withdraws bid

Posted February 23, 2017

Both sides came out and said that talks had ended "amicably", but the nature of Unilever's two statements today would suggest it is still wary of the United States food group coming back for another bite of the cherry. The company saw 14.41 million shares trade hands over the course of the day. During the same period past year, the company posted $0.80 earnings per share. The stock has an operating margin of 5.70% and a net profit margin of 5.70% This appreciation has taken its price 42.62% above the 52-week low.

For the current quarter, the highest estimate analysts provided is 4.77 Billion and the lowest is 4.61 Billion.

The move is being seen by many in the City as an attempt to try and fend off a potential renewed bid from Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ:KHC), which failed with a £115bn offer over the weekend.

Average Revenue Estimate for the current quarter is $6.51 Billion, according to consensus forecast of 12 analysts.

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Popeye's approximately 2,600 locations and $3 billion in system-wide sales compares to nearly 16,000 and $18 billion for Burger King and 4,500 and $6.5 billion for Tim Horton's.

Zacks offers analysts with an Average Broker Rating (or ABR), basing it on sell-side recommendations. The Kraft Heinz Company's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 105.26%. They presently have a $90.02 price objective on the stock. This is built on a simplified 1 to 5 scale where 1 represents a Strong Buy and 5 a Strong Sell.

At 1337 GMT, Unilever shares were up 2.8% to 3,688.50p. Colgate-Palmolive, with its a market capitalization of only about $68 billion, would be "more acquirable." . Studies indicate that the stock prices of firms with significant positive earnings surprises show above-average performance, while those with negative surprises have below-average performance. The stock tumbled -1.75 percent over the last 6 months. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of The Kraft Heinz Company from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Tuesday, November 8th.

Analysts estimated $0.81/share for the previous Quarter, where The Kraft Heinz Company (NASDAQ:KHC) reported Actual EPS of $0.86/share with the difference of 0.05 percent and a surprise of 6.2 percent.