Ralcorp Board of Directors Unanimously Rejects Unsolicited Proposal from ConAgra; Adopts Shareholder Rights Plan
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ST. LOUIS, May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RAH) today announced that its board of directors has unanimously determined that the unsolicited non-binding proposal by ConAgra Foods (NYSE: CAG) announced today is not in the best interests of shareholders. The board of directors rejected the proposal after careful consideration with the assistance of its independent financial and legal advisors.
Ralcorp's chairman, William Stiritz, commented, "Ralcorp, as an independent company, has a proven track record of delivering superior results and shareholder value, having delivered total shareholder returns of 418% over the past 10 years and 114% over the past five years. We are confident that Ralcorp has a strategic plan and a proven management team that will continue to generate significant shareholder value in the future. Our board of directors affirms its commitment to Ralcorp as an independent company."
Ralcorp also announced that its board has adopted a shareholder rights plan, details of which will be contained in a Form 8-K to be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The rights plan is intended to enable all of the company's shareholders to realize the long-term value of their investment in the Company, and reduce the likelihood that any person or group would gain control of the company by open market accumulation or otherwise without paying a control premium for all shares.
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About Ralcorp Holdings, Inc.
Ralcorp produces Post branded cereals, a variety of value brand and store brand foods sold under the individual labels of various grocery, mass merchandise and drugstore retailers, and frozen bakery products sold to in-store bakeries, restaurants and other foodservice customers. Ralcorp's diversified product mix includes: ready-to-eat and hot cereals; nutritional and cereal bars; snack mixes, corn-based chips and extruded corn snack products; crackers and cookies; snack nuts; chocolate candy; salad dressings; mayonnaise; peanut butter; jams and jellies; syrups; sauces; frozen griddle products including pancakes, waffles, and French toast; frozen biscuits and other frozen pre-baked products such as breads and muffins; frozen dough; and dry pasta. For more information about Ralcorp, visit the Company's website at www.ralcorp.com.
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