Assume that you are a member of the Hershey Trust board. To whom (or what) do you owe your fiduciary responsibility? How does the legacy of Milton S. Hershey affect your thinking as a member of the board? Discuss the unique challenges presented by the ownership structure of Hershey.
Based on your valuation of HFC, do you believe the company was fairly valued by the market before the announcement of the sale? Calculate the WACC for HFC using the data provided in the exhibits; assume a Market Risk Premium of 5.5%. Estimate the stand-alone value of HFC using the free-cash-flow projections provided in case Exhibit 10.
Discus the non-price considerations of the offers. Which, if any, bid would you vote to accept for the purchase of Hershey Foods Corporation? Is your decision primarily based on the economics of the bids or the desire to honor the legacy of Milton S. Hershey?
If you decided to reject both bids and not sell HFC, what will you do to achieve the diversification objective? If you decided to accept one of the bids, what (if anything) would you want to communicate to the constituents who opposed the sale?