Conagra (CAG) Terminates Wesson Brand's Divestment Deal

Conagra Brands, Inc. CAG has terminated the Wesson oil business spin-off deal with The J.M. Smucker Company. Shares of the company slipped nearly 1.4% to $37.77 as of Mar 7, after the divestment cancellation news surfaced.

Conagra’s Wesson is a premium edible oil brand in the United States. The company offers canola, corn, vegetable and blended oils under this brand.

Over the last month, Conagra’s shares have rallied 6.2%, outperforming 1.3% growth recorded by the industry.

This Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock is poised to grow on the back of strategic portfolio-restructuring moves and stronger sales. However, headwinds like input price inflation and stiff industry rivalry remain causes of concern.

Inside the Headlines

As noted, on Mar 5, 2018, the Federal Trade Commission challenged the feasibility of the pending divestiture of Conagra’s Wesson oil business. Following this, the company decided to continue running its Wesson oil business, considering the best interests of the company’s employees, customers and shareholders.

It was on May 30, 2017, the company had signed a definitive agreement with The J.M. Smucker Company for divesting its Wesson oil business for nearly $285 million. The company had claimed this move to be in sync with its portfolio-reshuffling strategy and intended to utilize the spin-off proceeds to fund new growth programs and provide higher returns to shareholders. Per the spin-off agreement, the company was supposed to operate this business up to one year, following the deal’s closure.

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