Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Is Goodman Fielder Terminal?

6 year GFF Chart

Goodness me, a stock in the Share Investor Portfolio, Goodman Fielder Ltd [GFF.NZX], has stumbled its way down to penny dreadful status and finished down 12c or 11.7% to close at 91c yesterday. This the lowest share price ever for this company (see 6 year chart above) and there could be some more weakness in the stock yet.

The company has been hit by high commodity prices, an inability to claw margins back by raising prices, high company debt and slack management with a lack of foresight and planning that would make even Phil Goff look like the best priministerial material this country has ever seen by comparison.

To top this off, key staff (maybe the company will be better off without them on second thought) have been leaving the sinking ship and the new CEO appears to lean to the dipstick side of the business world rather than carrying a big stick.

So I really have little positive to say about this company anymore. Things will get better in terms of commodity prices and the economy but that may be a long road to climb yet but having said that current management are doing little to make the hard times run smoother.

Inept is a word I would use to describe management at Goodmans you but you may want to use another less offensive one (or maybe more offensive as the case maybe and you are a suffering shareholder - I am such a softie after all)but with the current share price as it is and with their big stable of household brands (yes that is one positive I always come back to with GFF - sorry regular readers to bore you again with that line) in their cupboard the company maybe a target for a takeover or perhaps anyone now interested may want to wait a year or two and get those brands cheaper if the company should fold in a heap of peanut butter smears, french loave crumbs and margarine stains.

Can you tell I am pissed off yet?

Anyway, I will rant on.

The share price may well suffer additionally, as the world financial climate waivers on the brink of something (who really knows what?) and management appear to stumble from one poor financial result to the next. The share price has dipped $1.10 or just over 55% since a November 2010 (see 1 year chart below) high of just over 2 bucks, an all-time low, but the share price hit close to these levels in early 2009 of around $1.20 and then managed to scrape itself off the floor 20 months latter.

1 year GFF Chart

If you think like me though that the value in the company remains in the brand portfolio they have you might want to put this stock on your watchlist and take the risk that either current management will do better (unlikely and they could do worse) or someone else will recognise that there is an impending bargain in the process in terms of capturing those household essentials and staples that the company sells to Kiwi and Aussie families.

Until then I will remain peed off at management that have wasted the value of those brands and have taken the company into such a negative direction that possible suitors deserve to manage the company more than the current ratbags.

This company is now a moderately risky investment but there is value to those willing to take that risk.

I will probably not be participating.

I will however still be buying their Ploughmans and Vogels bread.

Goodman Fielder @ Share Investor

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