Investors were surprised to learn this morning that The Hillshire Brands Company (NYSE:HSH) had received an unsolicited buyout offer of $45 dollars a share from chicken-products conglomerate Pilgrim's Pride (NASDAQ:PPC). Given that the offer was unsolicited and essentially came as a surprise to investors the proposal is further complicated by the fact that Hillshire Brands recently agreed to acquire Pinnacle Foods (NYSE:PF) in a deal that will have to be terminated should Hillshire's Board of Directors accept Pilgrim's proposal. The jury is still out on how this tale will end, but Motley Fool Consumer Goods analyst Sean O'Reilly walks Foolish investors through the economics of both deals and informs Foolish investors of what the likely outcome will be. 

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