US: Hain Celestial shares rise after Icahn buys stock
Hain has cut profit targets twice in 2010
Shares in US-based natural and organic food firm Hain Celestial rose more than 7% today (14 Friday) after the disclosure that activist investor Carl Icahn has bought an almost 12% stake in the business.
Icahn and funds controlled by him have bought 4.9m shares, or an 11.9% stake, in Hain Celestial.
In a short statement issued to accompany the disclosure, Icahn said he believed Hain's shares were "undervalued" and, after speaking to president and CEO Irwin Simon, "looked forward" to working with the company's management.
Last week, Hain cut its full-year earnings forecast despite swinging to a third-quarter profit. The company also lowered its annual profit targets in February.
Hain Celestial is set to start a marketing campaign for its Linda McCartney vegetarian range in the UK, a push that includes the brand's return to the country's TV screens....
Hain Celestial, the US natural and organics group, has restructured its business in the UK, a market it is targeting to return to profit in the next 12 months....
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