Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bakery goods company Flowers Foods
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Flowers' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Thomasville, Ga. (1934)|
|Market Cap||$2.62 billion|
|Industry||Processed and packaged goods|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.62 billion|
Chairman/CEO George Deese
CFO Steve Kinsey
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||18.2%|
|Cash/Debt||$13.74 million / $320.67 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this week, robertshrestha listed several of Flowers' positives: "Decent growth, nice dividend yield, super-low beta reflecting stable business model, beaten down with the market. Lots to like."
Over the past five years, in fact, Flowers has grown its dividend at a brisk rate of 24% annually. That's much faster than food giants such as General Mills
CAPS member LegendPhoenix highlights Flowers' recent earnings miss as an attractive buying opportunity:
[A]lthough it could have been better, it wasn't run-for-the-hills-bad. In this quarter they announced a 3-for-2 stock split and increased their annual dividend rate by 12% per share. Flowers Foods acquired Tasty Baking Company (along with Tastykake's debt) and they've had to layoff some employees due to redundant positions after the merger. Earnings per share were less than what analysts predicted due to "higher input costs across all segments," (ingredients, packaging, natural gas).
Many shareholders couldn't stand the heat so they fled the kitchen. In my opinion, the sell off was a bit overboard. Flowers' management is excellent and have shown that they can manage risks, reduce costs and make intelligent acquisitions. The company is a slow and steady grower that pays a dependable dividend.
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