NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Hillshire Brands Co. (HSH) are up 8.46% to $58.10 in pre-market trade after Pilgrim's Pride Corp. (PPC) raised its offer for the food products company by over $1 billion, sources say, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The new offer from Pilgrim's, a unit of Brazilian meat giant JBS SA (JBSAY), values Hillshire at $55 a share, the sources said, or more than $6.7 billion.
That tops a $50 a share offer for Hillshire last week from Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN), the Journal said.
- HSH's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
- The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Food Products industry and the overall market, HILLSHIRE BRANDS CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, HSH's share price has jumped by 50.31%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 54.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $93.00 million to $42.00 million.
- Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.57 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, HSH maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.81, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: HSH Ratings Report
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