August 30, 2000 |
How sweet it was for a lot of investors. Wine stocks rallied Tuesday after two foreign firms launched bids to acquire California vintners, prompting talk of additional deals. Australia's largest brewer, Foster's Brewing Group, said it will buy Beringer Wine Estates Holdings (ticker symbol: BERW) for $1.5 billion plus assumption of debt. Beringer shares rocketed $10.25 to a 52-week high of $55.31 after Foster's offered $55.75 per share for Beringer.
June 24, 1998 |
Shares of Robert Mondavi Corp., one of the largest U.S. wine producers, fell nearly 8% after the company warned that fiscal fourth-quarter and 1998 earnings will be 15 cents a share below estimates because of slow Chardonnay sales. Oakville-based Mondavi shares fell $2.50 to close at $29.56 in heavy trading on Nasdaq. The stock, which earlier fell to a 52-week low of $27.63, is the worst-performing beverage stock so far this year with a 39% decline.
August 28, 1997
Beringer Wine Estates Holdings Inc., Napa Valley's oldest continuously operating winery, plans to go public in a $100-million initial share offering. The St. Helena producer of well-known premium wines such as Beringer and Meridian Vineyards filed to register an initial public offering for up to 4.85 million Class B common shares.
February 5, 1999 |
Canned-foods giant Del Monte Foods Co. and existing shareholders on Thursday raised $300 million in an initial stock sale. The San Francisco-based company sold 16.7 million shares at $15 each, the midpoint of the $14 to $16 expected range set by lead underwriter Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. The company raised a total of about $250.5 million. Existing shareholders sold an additional 3.3 million shares at the same price, raising $49.5 million.
August 9, 2000 |
Two of California's largest vintners, Kendall-Jackson and Beringer Wine Estates, are discussing a merger that could lead to the creation of the country's largest premium-wine company, officials confirmed Tuesday.