August 22, 2000 |
* Philip Morris Cos. and Nabisco Holdings Corp. received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission regarding Philip Morris' proposed $18.9-billion purchase of the snacks and cookie maker. On the NYSE, Philip Morris rose 19 cents to close at $32.19, while Nabisco Holdings fell 31 cents to $53.63, and its parent, Nabisco Group Holdings Corp., fell 13 cents to $28.31.
June 26, 2000 |
Philip Morris Cos., parent of Kraft Foods, on Sunday agreed to buy cookie and cracker giant Nabisco Holdings Corp. for $14.9 billion, making the nation's largest food company even more powerful with brands on virtually every supermarket aisle. The announcement comes at a time when many of the largest players in the slow-growing food business have been looking to consolidate in order to cut costs, boost sales and increase their clout with grocery retailers.
May 16, 2000 |
French food and water company Danone formally jumped into the bidding for Nabisco Group Holdings, saying it had entered preliminary discussions to buy the U.S. food maker. With the confirmation, the Paris-based company joined financier Carl Icahn and an estimated dozen other prospective bidders for the holding group, which owns 80% of operating company Nabisco Holdings Corp. Icahn, who has been trying to take control of the company sporadically since 1995, sweetened his latest bid to $6.
May 12, 2000 |
* Nabisco Holdings Corp., the nation's No. 1 cookie and cracker maker, plans to raise prices on many of its biscuit brands by an average of 2% this year. The maker of Chips Ahoy and Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers said it will make the move to recover some of the increases in labor costs. "Over the past two years, food companies have not taken many price increases," analyst Nomi Ghez of Goldman Sachs said.
May 6, 2000 |
Nabisco Group Holdings Corp., whose shares have almost doubled since financier Carl Icahn began a takeover attempt five weeks ago, said Friday that other groups may bid for the company, its snack unit or other assets. "We've received lots of interest," said spokesman Hank Sandbach, who declined to give additional specifics. Nabisco Group last month said it will consider options such as selling itself or its only asset: an 80.5% stake in Nabisco Holdings Corp.
April 9, 2000 |
Carl Icahn is a corporate raider who's spent the last 20 years being a company's worst nightmare or a stockholder's best friend, depending on your view. But this much is true either way: Icahn's in it for the love of the game. Icahn got very rich and nearly became a household name in the 1980s as a raider of the first order, making headlines with other financiers such as T. Boone Pickens Jr.