Nelson Peltz on PepsiCo, Mondelez & DuPont: Delivering Alpha Conference ~ market folly

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Nelson Peltz on PepsiCo, Mondelez & DuPont: Delivering Alpha Conference

Trian Partners' Nelson Peltz sat down at the Delivering Alpha Conference today and talked about PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ) and Andrew Ross Sorkin revealed that Peltz has been building a position in DuPont (DD).

Back in April, we highlighted how Peltz took stakes in both PEP & MDLZ.  At the event today, he laid out two scenarios for PEP which he thinks the company should pursue:

On PepsiCo and Mondelez

1. PEP should buy Mondelez (MDLZ) for $35-38 per share.  MDLZ is part of the split from the old Kraft that broke up into Mondelez and Kraft Foods (KRFT).  MDLZ is seen as the fast growing snacks business (Cadbury etc).

The problem with MDLZ he says is operational.  He loves that the CEO made important strategic moves (splitting up the old Kraft entity), but notes that management really needs to boost margins to catch up with direct competitors.

2. Separate Pepsi's beverage side from its snacks business (FritoLay).  Peltz says that these businesses have dis-synergies and they would benefit from a split.  He says Pepsi's beverage side can go to a cashflow generating company run with appropriate leverage.

Then, Peltz noted that the FritoLay snacks business can flourish on its own and even possibly pursue an acquisition of MDLZ after a potential PEP break up since they're both in the snacks business.

Peltz did acknowledge the secular trend of consumers focusing more on healthy items.  He thinks this is more-so focused on sugary drinks, but does note that sweet/salty snacks could be vulnerable as well.

Peltz's New Stake in DuPont?

Andrew Ross Sorkin also said that sources are pointing to Peltz acquiring a stake in DuPont (DD).  Peltz wouldn't really add any color when asked about it (pun intended).

Embedded below is video of Peltz's interview:

For more on this investor, we've highlighted some of Peltz's trading activity here.

And for more summary of the Delivering Alpha Conference, head to:

- John Paulson on gold, real estate & merger arbitrage

- Best Ideas Panel with Mark Kingdon, Chris Hohn, Jim Chanos & Lee Cooperman

- Larry Robbins on healthcare

- Carl Icahn on activism

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