Food Production equity research

Explore the most viewed and latest equity research and media content for companies within the Food Production sector. Stocks operating in this sector provide services ranging from agriculture & fishing to general food production.

Food Production equity research

Explore the most viewed and latest equity research and media content for companies within the Food Production sector. Stocks operating in this sector provide services ranging from agriculture & fishing to general food production.

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We examine wet-led and food-led capacity across the regions and conclude that excess capacity remains in the food-led segment (although Central, Welsh and Yorkshire regions lag the national average). Despite recent profit warnings, an increasing divergence in reported performance between pubs and restaurants, and a recent reduction in eating out frequency and spend, existing food-led operators remain too focused, in our view, on trimming estate tails and slowing rollout rather than substantial capacity reduction – and combined with smaller PE-backed concepts scaling up and landlord pragmatism, net new capacity continues to enter the market. Given the severe cost and competitive pressures, as well as downside macro risks, we foresee more pain across the sector – in the near term expect aggressive menu price discounting to continue, leading subsequently to margin pressure and forecasting risk for listed operators and financing risk for smaller, highly leveraged private operators. While rightsizing will happen (it did with pubs), the process may be protracted. We run the finnCap Slide Rule over the casual dining space, with our preferred pick (BUY, 19p PT) scoring highest on QVGM metrics. While not immune to sector woes, lacks an estate tail, should be a beneficiary of trading down, and has a number of self-help levers, as well as a management team that has seen the movie (many times) before.

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