For starters, Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V. has predicted completion before month end of its acquisition of the North American Fresh Bakery business of Sara Lee Corp. (though the vagaries of the Department of Justice could come into play). First announced in November 2010, the transaction would create a baking company with a scale never before witnessed in the United States.
Anticipated with greater concern are developments at Hostess Brands, Inc. in the wake of recent press reports indicating the company had engaged legal and financial firms to negotiate with creditors.
Finally, a climactic moment appears to be near in the courtship of Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. by ConAgra Foods. Ralcorp shares tumbled this week when ConAgra said it would withdraw its overtures if Ralcorp does not engage in constructive dialogue.
Exactly when each of these “thrillers” will come to a conclusion is uncertain as is in how many instances the term “happy ending” will apply.