July 23, 2012
SUPERVALU has been right up there with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters as one of the most humbling crashes of 2012. The company continued to fall hard throughout the year, and now is down more than 60% in the past three months alone. A multitude of factors are at play, but the biggest headlines are a suspension of their dividend, perpetually weaker same-store sales, and pension liabilities. SUPERVALU's fall stands as a lesson to shareholders that not all dividends are created equal. In this grocer's case, it had a great yield at almost 8%, but it was built on shaky ground and was more the product of a deteriorating shareprice than anything else.
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