McCain Foods USA, Inc. Selects Planalytics for Natural Gas Market Analysis

WAYNE, Pa., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ — Planalytics, Inc. announced today that McCain Foods USA, Inc. has licensed Planalytics(R) GasBuyer(SM), a natural gas hedging and risk analysis platform. McCain Foods will use the GasBuyer to identify opportunities to purchase its natural gas at lower prices.

The GasBuyer combines live NYMEX data with Planalytics’ advanced price analysis models and predictive technologies to evaluate market conditions and determine if natural gas is undervalued or overvalued. The GasBuyer makes this determination, up to a year in advance, by projecting how price movements will be influenced by fundamental factors (demand, inventory levels, etc.), technical analysis (support and resistance levels, etc.), trading dynamics (open interest, spread positions, etc.) and future weather conditions. Based on this comprehensive market view, the GasBuyer suggests when hedging actions should be taken because prices are low or when hedging actions should be avoided because prices are too high.

The GasBuyer helps companies cope with the extreme volatility of the natural gas market and make hedging decisions that proactively manage costs and price risk. Planalytics does not buy or sell gas and, as a result, offers independent and unbiased guidance that can easily be incorporated into existing hedging and risk management programs. Companies can customize the GasBuyer by choosing specific hedging approaches, decision-making time intervals and buying rules. The GasBuyer can be used for any volume of gas and supports both physical and financial transactions, including forward buys, strips, futures, options, swaps, etc.

About McCain Foods USA, Inc.

McCain Foods USA, Inc., the United States subsidiary of McCain Foods Limited, has four major potato processing facilities and six other manufacturing operations in seven states. McCain Foods Limited is a privately- owned Canadian multinational manufacturer of frozen and non-frozen food products with more than 55 plant operations on six continents and annual sales of more than C$5.6 billion. McCain Foods is the world’s largest producer of French fries and potato specialties, and a manufacturer of pizza, appetizers and snack foods, vegetables, juices and beverages, entrees, oven meals, desserts and other quality products.

About Planalytics, Inc.

Planalytics, Inc. is the singular global source of Business Weather Intelligence(SM) – the actionable information companies need to understand and optimize the impact of weather on their business. Weather is the most volatile of all external factors affecting business performance and Planalytics helps companies proactively manage this risk. Powered by an unparalleled database of weather’s financial and volumetric impacts, proprietary forecasting technologies and market-specific expertise, Planalytics’ Business Weather Intelligence is essential to any company, in any industry, looking to effectively shape strategies, pinpoint opportunities and make more profitable decisions. For more information, visit