United Natural Foods Inc.
United Natural Foods, stock ticker UNFI (NASDAQ: UNFI), is the leading distributor of natural and organic food products in the United States. UNFI distributes into stores such as Whole Foods (NASDAQ: WFM) and The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM) and they make up large percentages of the sales for companies like Hain Celestial (NASDAQ: HAIN), Annie’s (NYSE: BNNY), and Amy’s. UNFI also owns companies involved in: natural and organic produce distribution, private label products, sports nutrition and supplements, importing and packaging, eCommerce, and their very own chain of retail stores.
At the market close on January 28th, UNFI is trading at $52.55. With earnings of $1.98, they are trading at 26.55 times earnings. UNFI has been consistently meeting or exceeding analyst expectations, but with little pop in the stock afterwards. This takes the fun out of earnings beats, but the street may take notice, especially with the growth in the natural and organic food space. 2013 earnings are expected to be around $2.04-$2.30, but $2.40 is obtainable due to the increasing popularity in UNFI’s products and the new clients they add every month.
UNFI (NASDAQ: UNFI) is trading 14.22% below its 52 week high of $61.26, and a return to this level is likely. With the expectation of $2.40 earnings per share in 2013 and a fair multiple of 25, a $60 price target is set. This would represent a 14.18% gain from the current price. UNFI is a STRONG BUY.