Heinz and Kraft to Merge

Written by MrStockFox. Posted in Dividends

Pretty significant deal, here are the details:


Warren Buffett said Wednesday that Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) will have $9.5 billion worth of common stock in the newly merged H.J. Heinz-Kraft Foods (NASDAQ: KRFT) company.

The combination of the food giants-announced just hours before Buffett's " Squawk Box " interview-was in the works for about four weeks, the billionaire investor said: "It moved along quite promptly."

He said he plans to stay invested in The Kraft Heinz Co. "forever," and feels the brands of Kraft and Heinz as enduring. The CEO of Heinz, Bernardo Hees, will run the new company.

Under the terms of the deal, Heinz will return to the public market with a 51 percent ownership of the new company. Current holders of Kraft stock will own 49 percent.

Kraft shareholders will receive stock in the combined company, and a special cash dividend of $16.50 per share, financed by a $10 billion investment from Brazilian private-equity firm 3G Capital and Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A).