Boring businesses rarely come up with big bang for a shareholder's buck. But oven manufacturer Middleby
Even though these results catalyzed a dramatic affect on the market today, Middleby has been a winner for much longer around here. Tom recommended the stock in 2003 when it was below $19 -- a six-bagger to date. In his initial recommendation, Tom highlighted the turnaround in the business and emphasized that its CEO, Selim Bassoul, is one of his all-time favorite business leaders.
Is it time to sell? Tom points at the trends. Middleby's business is poised for even more growth in the future. People are spending more than 50% of their food budget on eating out, which further expands the market for commercial ovens. This growth rate around the world is accelerating as the standard of living improves across the globe. Middleby's growth trajectory should continue to remain strong, especially since competitors such as TurboChef
Should the company split its stock? When asked about this, Tom voiced his thoughts that a split is unnecessary. He stated, "It costs money to do the filings and adds no extra shareholder value. It's a non-event that costs money and does not represent a good use of shareholder money. Be like Berkshire Hathaway
A stock split is only an event in the minds of shareholders. In fact, the value of the stock is still exactly the same. There are simply more pieces of the pie, but the size of the pie remains the same. So what's the use of spending that kind of money on paperwork and legal fees when you can let it work for shareholders instead?
So far, Middleby has done great work for its shareholders -- sending the Hidden Gems subscribers who bought the stock in 2003 home with soaring gains. Tom and his team singled it out when it was very sparsely followed by analysts, but insiders owned 50% of the shares at that time and still own a high percentage. Tom recognized the company as a great turnaround opportunity, and it has rewarded subscribers richly; he believes it will continue to do so.
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Fool sector head Shruti Basavaraj owns no shares of any company mentioned above but wishes she had bought Middleby when Tom recommended it, or even when he re-recommended it. Instead, she's sitting on the sidelines playing "what-if." But at least The Motley Fool's disclosure policy is right there to keep her company.
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