Why Pinnacle Foods (PF) Stock Is Down Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Pinnacle Foods Inc. (PF) are down 4.38% to $32.08 after the company announced that certain of its stockholders, consisting primarily of affiliates of Blackstone Group  (BX) , intend to offer for sale in an underwritten secondary offering 15 million shares of the company's common stock, pursuant to the company's shelf registration statement to be filed with the SEC.

In addition, the bookrunners will have an option to purchase up to an additional 2.25 million shares from the selling stockholders. The registration of the offering and the sale of the shares are being effected pursuant to Blackstone's registration rights under a registration rights agreement among the company and certain of its stockholders.

 

The selling stockholders will receive all of the proceeds from this offering. No shares are being sold by the company. The company expects the offering to close on September 12.

Credit Suisse (CS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) are acting as bookrunners for the offering.

TheStreet Ratings team rates PINNACLE FOODS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PINNACLE FOODS INC (PF) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • PF's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • The gross profit margin for PINNACLE FOODS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 29.25%. Regardless of PF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 5.75% trails the industry average.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.55 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, PF's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.02, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: PF Ratings Report
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