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To: E_K_S who wrote (5212)5/15/2019 9:54:27 AM
From: richardred
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>B&G Foods Inc. ( BGS ) said it paid $80 million in cash to purchase Clabber Girl Corp., which producers its namesake baking powder as well as baking soda and corn starch. The stock up a smidgen on a down day.

A little more than 1X sales looks like a bargain?

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To: richardred who wrote (5214)5/15/2019 9:57:06 AM
From: E_K_S
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That is a good price as I was thinking anything under 3x sales would be ok if accretive.


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From: E_K_S5/15/2019 10:07:26 AM
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Added 14% to my BGS position w/ a small Buy @ $22.03/share.

See where this is in 6 month to a year. I will be selling high cost shares at/above $30/share maybe lower depending on next few quarters on revenues & EPS.


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From: E_K_S5/15/2019 2:32:43 PM
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From BGS 8K this AM

On May 15, 2019, B&G Foods North America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of B&G Foods, Inc., acquired Clabber Girl Corporation from Hulman & Company for approximately $80 million in cash, subject to customary closing and post-closing working capital adjustments.

Wonder why they did not include purchase price in their press release.

FWIW, market seems to be ok w/ the purchase. Last $22.31/share +0.77%


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To: richardred who wrote (4666)5/16/2019 11:25:34 AM
From: richardred
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Sold entire position CENTERRA GOLD yesterday moderate profit.

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To: E_K_S who wrote (5217)5/16/2019 12:00:01 PM
From: richardred
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FWIW a liitle story why the family sold. What I find interesting is the sports racing connection recently posted on this board

>snip-The sale of Clabber Girl by the Hulmans allows both companies a greater focus on their 21st-century specialties — motorsports

To: Robert O who wrote (5177)4/25/2019 1:03:14 PM
From: richardred Respond to of 5218
RE- Selling over the TO price - With family control it IMO will take a put up or shut up cash offer by someone else. IMO- I doubt they would sweeten their offer without a formal bid to push at a higher price. Just maybe below is what wall street is thinking?

P.S. Something to think about. International Speedway was founded by NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. in 1953 for the construction of Daytona International Speedway and in 1999 they merged with Penske Motorsports to become one of the largest motorsports companies in North America.

If this hypothetical was to happen. I wonder how the Federal Trade Commission would rule on this one.?

To: richardred who wrote (5172)4/25/2019 11:20:06 AM
From: Robert O Read Replies (1) of 5218
Speedway Motorsports (TRK) getting bid kind of interesting since the board still has to 'consider' the $18/share offer. So speculators have the price at 18.60 now in anticipation of reaching a deal at about 19 I would suppose. Could be about 3% up or down depending on if they stick to guns (buyer already basically controls the target see below). As such all of this is obviously posturing. we shall see.

Sonic Financial Corporation (“SFC”) is pleased to submit this non-binding proposal to acquire all of the outstanding shares of stock of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. (the “Company” or “TRK”) that are not owned by SFC, O. Bruton Smith, his family and entities controlled by Mr. Smith and his family (collectively with SFC, the “Smith Group”), for cash consideration of $18.00 per share (our “Proposal”).

As you know, the Smith Group beneficially owns, directly or indirectly, approximately 29 million shares of TRK, and controls over 70% of the voting power of TRK.

Terre Haute icon Clabber Girl sold to New Jersey-based company
  • By Mark Bennett | CNHI News Indiana
  • May 15, 2019 Updated 2 hrs ago

  • Tribune-Star/Joseph C. GarzaMore than just baking powder: The Clabber Girl Bake Shop Cafe is a familiar stop for those who love coffee and baked goods.

    The Hulmans’ direct business footprint in Terre Haute, once vast, appears to have come to a close.

    The 180 employees at Clabber Girl’s historic facility at Ninth Street and Wabash Avenue, as well as the Terre Haute community, shouldn’t notice any changes in day-to-day activities, company officials said.

    And the Clabber Girl Museum, featuring Hulman family relics and photographs, will remain as-is inside the building.

    B&G paid $80 million for Clabber Girl, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Wednesday.

    B&G used cash and revolving loans to purchase the brand, a company news release said. B&G expects Clabber Girl will generate $70 million to $75 million of net sales annually, according to the corporate news release.

    One visible change Clabber Girl president and chief operating officer Gary Morris wants to see in the future, though, is an expansion of the firm’s production in Terre Haute.

    The sale of Clabber Girl by the Hulmans allows both companies a greater focus on their 21st-century specialties — motorsports for the Hulmans and baking products for Clabber Girl.

    Tribune-Star/Joseph C. GarzaThat familiar face: A Clabber Girl sign hangs above the bake shop entrance on Wednesday at the Hulman & Co. building on north Ninth Street.

    By joining B&G, a food corporation with more than 50 brands and 2,500 employees across North America, Clabber Girl has a prime chance to grow, Morris believes.

    “This is a company that understands the food business,” Morris said Wednesday morning at the Clabber Girl Bakeshop, “and that’s very important to us.”

    Clabber Girl’s potential to grow factored heavily in the Hulmans’ decision to sell to B&G, said Mark Miles, the Hulman & Co. CEO and president. And though this sale largely ends the Hulman family’s 150-plus years of business activity in Terre Haute, the company envisions the baking powder manufacturer continuing its legacy for years to come, Miles added.

    “I think in 20 years, [the Hulman connection to Terre Haute] will be much the same, but hopefully with a bigger Clabber Girl,” Miles said.

    The sale trims the Hulman & Co. business to its racing interests. “It’s strategic for Hulman & Co.” Miles said Wednesday. “We thought it was important to focus on the racing business.”

    The company owns and operates Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the iconic track that Terre Haute businessman and philanthropist Tony Hulman purchased and resurrected after World War II. The Hulmans’ racing interests also include the IndyCar Series and IMS Productions.

    The 103rd running of their marquee event, the Indianapolis 500, is just 12 days away. Auto racers compete for the 500’s Borg-Warner trophy on May 26, with a 12:19 p.m. start.

    There wasn’t yet a “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” let alone automobiles, when German immigrant brothers Francis and Herman Hulman launched their dry goods business, Hulman & Co. in 1850 in downtown Terre Haute.

    Tribune-Star file/Joseph C. Garza Made in Terre Haute: The Clabber Girl baking mix display at Baesler's Market on Tuesday, June 6, 2006.

    They opened a wholesale grocery in 1858, joining their other local ventures — a distillery on the Wabash River front, a liquor house and a spice mill capable of roasting 100 sacks of coffee daily, according to Tribune-Star archives and Vigo County Historical Society records.

    Herman Hulman concocted a baking powder from baked fireplace ash and sour milk. Cooks got inconsistent results from that initial mix, known as “clabber.”

    Herman perfected the recipe, over a 40-year span, leading to the Hulmans’ Milk Brand baking powder. Their Clabber baking powder debuted in 1899. The company opened the eye-catching building at Ninth and Wabash in 1892. Labor leader Eugene V. Debs, a close friend of Herman, spoke at its dedication ceremony.

    In 1923, Herman’s grandson — Tony Hulman Jr. — devised a national advertising campaign, which included the biscuit-holding girl on the label, for the baking powder. It made Clabber Girl a household name and staple.

    Today, Clabber Girl manufactures and distributes baking soda, corn starch and the Royal brand products, a line that includes cheesecake, gelatin, pie fillings and puddings. The firm has grown from around 50 employees in 2000 to the present 180, said Morris, who is in his 19th year as Clabber Girl president.

    Though the workers should not notice any differences, “the change was an eye-opener for them,” Morris said.

    Standing in the lobby between the museum and bakeshop, flanked by walls full of historic photographs and a display case, Morris said, “This is all staying here. The foundation and roots are where we came from.”

    Selling a profitable legacy business wasn’t a quick decision for Hulman & Co., Miles said. The process of finding the right company to operate Clabber Girl for the long term in Terre Haute took nearly two years to complete.

    “You can’t require a buyer to do something for a hundred years,” Miles said, “but B&G is a great food company. They said they intend to invest in this and grow the business here.”

    Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Recognized nationally: The Clabber Girl logo on a canopy above the bake shop entrance on north Ninth Street.

    The purchase of Clabber Girl aligns with B&G’s history of acquiring “well-established brands with defensible market positions and strong cash flow,” B&G president and CEO, Kenneth G. Romanzi, said in its news release. “Clabber Girl Corporation is the number one manufacturer of branded retail baking powder and also holds leadership positions in baking soda and corn starch.”

    B&G’s prominence and breadth in the industry makes the sale look “like a good thing for the community,” said Steve Witt, president of the Terre Haute Economic Development Corp. “Hulman & Co. has been such an integral part of our community for 150 years. It’s sad in that regard, but companies’ priorities change, and time moves on.”

    Clabber Girl’s own market status wasn’t an afterthought for Hulman & Co., nor was the Hulmans’ background in the community, Miles said.

    “There’s always been a very strong connection to Terre Haute,” he said. “And ‘connection’ probably isn’t the best word. Terre Haute is in the DNA of the company. But [Clabber Girl has] also been a good business.”

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    To: richardred who wrote (5219)5/16/2019 1:02:45 PM
    From: E_K_S
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    Looks like a good fit for both companies. These are hard to come by maybe 1 in 50. The only problem in this aqusition is the purchase only represents maybe 6% of the market cap so no a big mover to the overall market cap.

    BGS needs a few more of these Buys and something that complements their spice & baking lines. Maybe Tea or coffee but that is a bit out of their expanded service footprint. Non-GMO Ag products, specialty grains/flour would be a good fit. Maybe Redmill wants to sell at a reasonable price.

    Saw a Podcast on the original owner operator of RedMill (he is now in late 80's or 90's) still a 'hippy' at heart. Was doing non-GMO grains well before it was popular. They key for grains/beans and other specialty food crops is having the local processing and market to move & distribute product and have the local farmers/growers (under contract) to grow you specialty crops.

    UNFI is another new 'healthy' food distributor I own. Still building position and will be at same size as BGS eventually. UNFI supplies these types of local farm to store items to Whole Foods (30% of their revenues) and several other stores (Sprouts). UNFI has developed these local relationships (an expensive undertaking) and recently purchased the warehouse/Distribution center from Super Value (SUV) located in Mn.

    If/when BGS moves deeper into these health Ag processed foods, UNFI would be an excellent partner/distributor and it would not surprise me that they merge (possible years down the road)/ A lot depends on which way BGS moves to expand their service/food footprint. Do they want to become a manufacturer, distributor, value added producer, a specialty brand provider.

    I will continue to listen to BGS management looking at how they want to build/expand the company.

    Lots of opportunity in this space. Selling a premium product will allow higher margins and eventually the marker will price in PE expansion. BGS at 12 PE could evenutal see 16PE like GIS or even 27PE like THS.


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    To: E_K_S who wrote (5220)5/16/2019 1:45:48 PM
    From: richardred
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    I agree- It was more of a niche acquisition. IMO that's ok . Some of these food companies traded today are a conglomeration on niche & mid size re-tread acquisitions. This after companies like P & G decided food was not in their long term plans. Being BGS is a smaller food company. They don't have the leverage power as a GIS or CAG. As you know, CAG just bought Pinnacle. BTW GIS is performing quite nicely of late. BGS might have to settle on the strategy P &G had .This of being 1st or 2nd in there market category? I think we truly are undergoing a revolutionary change in the food industry. IMO that's why is is import to monitor trends that effect the industry. After all some of my portfolio is in the food space. As you know numbers will be important to determine the margins & profitability of the newest acquisition. I find it interesting Clabber Girl was not a re-tread acquisition.

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    From: richardred5/17/2019 9:58:46 AM
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    HP Enterprise Nears Deal to Buy Supercomputer Pioneer Cray By
    Liana Baker
    Ed Hammond

    May 16, 2019, 9:53 PM EDT Updated on May 17, 2019, 9:46 AM EDT

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    To: richardred who wrote (5222)5/17/2019 11:05:19 AM
    From: richardred
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    RE-CRAY It will be interesting to watch the regulatory approval process since HPE does business with China. This in light of matters of national security(Huawei) that have come under scrutiny. IMO a perfect example of a TO where IP and where their going forward might be the main reason? Hopefully ENZ fits that bill to only in labs business.

    To: richardred who wrote (3254)4/3/2013 6:17:20 AM
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    RE:XRTX CEO Barber just resigned. Stock might not be to receptive at first.
    Case in point OMPI which I owned before the merger announcement. It struggled at first, but the major shareholder eventually force the sale of the company. The controlling shareholder is not going to see their investment be beaten up for long. I believe that's why Barber left. He was not for the sale of the company. Cray makes more sense now than ever. The just appointed a new director. IMO hypothetically a more likely stock deal than cash deal. I'm sure Cray doesn't want the whole company, but that's what investment bankers are for.
    Cray stock has held up well in what might be considered a disappointing last quarter. IMO Cray As with XRTX. It's not where they are now. It's where their going to be, going forward. Just a guess!

    To: richardred who wrote (3148)12/23/2013 9:34:48 AM
    From: richardred of 5223
    Bullseye today in XRTX-Christmas Gift If completed. This makes 5 successful takeout picks this year. IMO a good chance for a higher bid.

    Seagate to buy Xyratex for $374 mln

    Dec 23 (Reuters) - Hard-disk drive maker Seagate Technology Plc said it would buy network and storage equipment maker Xyratex Ltd for about $374 million in cash.

    Seagate's offer of $13.25 per share is at a premium of 27 percent to Xyratex's closing price on Friday.

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