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Nestles making a move on Coffee. JVA makes a small niche acquisition for themselves. The Steep N Brew Coffee Company which they say is profitable.
Nestle close to deal for Starbucks bagged coffee, drinks business: report
LONDON (Reuters) - Nestle ( NESN.S), the world’s largest coffee company, is close to a deal with Starbucks Corp ( SBUX.O) for the part of its business that sells bagged coffee and drinks in supermarkets, according to media reports on Friday.
Any deal between the coffee giants would not involve any of the Seattle-based chain’s more than 28,000 cafes, according to Bloomberg, which reported the news after Swiss financial blog Inside Paradeplatz.
The deal could net Starbucks $3.8 billion after tax, according to Cowen analysts, based on Starbucks’ operating earnings excluding its K-Cups and the multiple recently paid for Keurig Green Mountain. They predicted Starbucks would use that to buy back shares.
An agreement will probably be announced on Monday, Bloomberg said.
JVA speculation- Nestles picked up Blue Bottle. The pickings are getting slim on the coffee front. JVA just a drop and still working on branding and Comfort acquisition. Still wondering if it will be good till the last drop. However I've like the Coffee Holding's Sonofresco acquisition from the get go. The board has approved a share repurchase program of up to $2M on this low outstanding stock. IMO a value sign on a hypothetical family private bid. JAB went on a endless coffee and related coffee acquisition spree. I expect Nestles to do the same. JAB/Green Mountain’s Keurig has the lions share of the self brewing market. Nespresso has very little in the US. I can see them going after this market. Green Mountain was JVA's largest customer. They've almost weened them off. IMO Nestles can just buy JVA as a R&D experiment and expand Sonofresco and have JVA fill their high end Nespresso cups? FARM on my watch list. It's speculative fever has gone up considerably IMO. Nestles has a stake in L'Oreal who's founder just passed away. Just maybe they cash out to fund a US acquisition spree in complimenting growth and market share moves.
P.S. COTT just sold it beverage business for over a billion. PR snip>The company also will pursue small acquisitions in water, coffee, tea and filtration, as well as “larger-scale acquisitions if and when the right value-enhancing opportunities present themselves,” CEO Jerry Fowden said.
With Blue Bottle, Nestlé eyes high-end challenge to Starbucks
Established in 2002, Blue Bottle has built its reputation on hand-drip coffee, which costs more than US$10 a cup. It’s a favorite of Silicon Valley techies, who have dubbed it “the iPhone of the coffee industry”.
With less than 40 outlets, the boutique coffee chain has reportedly sold a controlling stake to Swiss food and beverage giant Nestlé for around US$500 million.