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Why Shares of Amira Nature Foods Ltd Dropped, but Shouldn't Have

By Jeremy Bowman - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:28PM

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What: Shares of Amira Nature Foods Ltd (NYSE: ANFI) were looking unhealthy today, falling as much as 22% after reporting third-quarter earnings this morning. 

So what: The specialty-rice maker came up short on the bottom line, posting per-share earnings of $0.22, up from $0.17 a year ago but below estimates of $0.28. Meanwhile, revenue breezed past expectations, climbing 25.1% to $142.5 million, well ahead of the consensus at $126.5 million. Management cited higher raw material costs for the disappointing profit growth as cost of material rose from 73.5% to 75.4%, or an additional expense of about $2.7 million. Had cost of material remained the same, Amira would have reported an EPS of $0.30. 

Now what: Given the above calculation, investors seem to be burying the lede, here. Amira stock had been bid up substantially in the past few months on little news, which may explain today's sell-off, but the market seems (small-f) foolish to overlook the strong revenue growth, focusing on food costs instead, which are highly volatile and out of Amira's control. The company also raised its revenue for the full year to $507 million-$517 million, slightly ahead of estimates at $508 million, but below fourth-quarter estimates. Still, I'd expect the stock to bounce back as the company continues to expand its product line and geographic footprint. 

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