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Campbell Soup

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Campbell Soup responds to ISS regarding board elections

Campbell Soup issued the following statement in response to a report by Institutional Shareholder Services, or ISS, regarding the election of directors to Campbell's Board at the Company's upcoming annual meeting of shareholders on Nov. 29, 2018: "We strongly disagree with ISS's conclusion and continue to recommend that Campbell shareholders vote on the GOLD proxy card FOR the election of Campbell's 12 highly qualified director nominees. Campbell benefits from a diverse and highly qualified Board of Directors that is actively engaged and focused on maximizing value for all shareholders. The Campbell Board consists of 12 members, 11 of whom are independent and four of whom have been added since 2016. The Board combines the necessary skills - including a strong mix of industry experience, operating expertise, long-term shareholder perspectives, financial acumen, and global public company experience - needed to provide the proper oversight and strategic guidance on a variety of diverse consumer and business needs amid rapid changes in the food industry. As we disclosed last week, we have had recent and proactive discussions with Third Point regarding our ongoing director refreshment process. As part of those discussions, we proposed expanding our current Board to add two individuals from the Third Point slate who possess relevant industry experience after our annual meeting - including Kurt Schmidt and Sarah Hofstetter. Third Point rejected this proposal. Instead, they have decided to continue this wasteful and distracting proxy fight. As part of those discussions, we made it very clear that we would only consider adding individuals who are truly open to all strategic alternatives and who would not impair that openness or limit the ability to maintain Board confidentiality. For those reasons, the Board continues to believe that adding an employee of Third Point to the Board is not in shareholders' best interests. The current Campbell Board is highly confident that its new strategic plan as announced on August 30th is the best path forward at this time to maximize shareholder value. The Campbell Board remains committed to evaluating all strategic options if any of those options can demonstrably enhance value for all shareholders. Campbell urges its shareholders to protect the value of their investments and vote the GOLD card. Campbell's Board and management team are aligned and working with urgency to execute our plan to improve performance and revitalize the Company to be focused on our franchise businesses to drive sustainable, profitable growth."

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CPB Campbell Soup
$39.16

-0.1 (-0.25%)

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DBAB
08/31/18
NO CHANGE
Target $36
DBAB
Hold
Campbell Soup price target lowered to $36 from $40 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Rob Dickerson lowered his price target for Campbell Soup to $36 saying that while the company topped earnings expectations in Q4, its top line remained pressured, leaving investment needs high. Along with the lack of growth in the Global Biscuits and Snacks division, Americas Simple Meals and Beverages posted a 6% organic sales decline, with soup down 14% and issues at Walmart ongoing, Dickerson tells investors in a post-earnings research note titled "The Eight-Year Giveback." He keeps a Hold rating on Campbell Soup.
08/31/18
FBCO
08/31/18
NO CHANGE
Target $36
FBCO
Underperform
Campbell Soup portfolio simplified, but not enough, says Credit Suisse
After Campbell Soup announced it will divest 20% of its portfolio to de-leverage and refocus on its core businesses in North America, Credit Suisse analyst Robert Moskow said the portfolio simplification plans are not enough. He finds it difficult to embrace the company's new long-term guidance for 7-9% EPS growth and sees "considerable downside risk" to its debt reduction target, Moskow tells investors. He raised his price target on Campbell shares to $36 from $32 to account for a more logical path forward and higher sector multiples, but he keeps an Underperform rating on the stock.
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JPMS
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NO CHANGE
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JPMS
Underweight
Campbell's remaining operations face significant challenges, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Ken Goldman generally agrees with Campbell Soup management that a more focused portfolio will enable better execution and that many cost savings opportunities have yet to be realized. However, But Campbell's remaining operations still face significant challenges, some of which are likely to intensify in the coming year, Goldman tells investors in a research note. He reiterates an Underweight rating on the shares with a year-end 2019 price target of $36.
09/05/18
WOLF
09/05/18
DOWNGRADE
WOLF
Underperform
Campbell Soup downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research

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