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CGC, COSTA GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED
nipper
post Posted: Aug 26 2018, 03:52 PM
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Costa shares had almost doubled in the past 12 months as investors rushed to the stock, making it a mid-cap market darling.

Chief executive Harry Debney said analysts had got a little ahead of themselves.

“We gave guidance for 25 per cent (profit growth); we produced more than 26 per cent, so we were spot on, but we are a high-growth company. I think all of the analysts were ahead of us. They thought we would be outperforming by a margin above that,’’ Mr Debney said after Costa posted a 10.2 per cent lift in annual revenue to $1 billion as net profit rose 26.3 per cent to $76.69 million.
We have done very well over the last three years, every year, and we are saying we are giving guidance of low double-digit performance for each of the next three to five years.

“Now I don’t know of any company that gives long-term guidance but we are prepared to do that.’’

The company’s earnings before interest and tax rose 30.9 per cent to $150.79m while revenue growth was achieved across all its reportable segments, which include citrus, avocados, mushrooms and berries.

However, its Moroccan blueberry venture, African Blue, of which it owns 86 per cent and will soon move to 90 per cent, posted disappointing earnings as the cold northern hemisphere delayed both the China and Morocco harvests, with Morocco most significantly affected.




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SP up almost 10% following release of results - briefly went through the $7.00 mark

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1H FY2018 Financial results
 Revenue of $489.4m – 9.8% growth on 1H FY2017
 Statutory NPAT of $66.2m, inclusive of a $40.1m non-cash gain arising from the revaluation
of the Group’s 49% interest previously held in African Blue.
 EBITDA before SGARA and material items $60.9m – up 24.2% on 1H FY2017
 NPAT before SGARA and material items of $28.6m –14.5% growth on 1H FY2017
 Leverage increased to 1.4x EBITDA-S due to the acquisition of African Blue and growth
projects as at December 2017
 Interim dividend of 5.0 cents per share, an increase of 25% on 1H FY2017, fully franked
(record date 15th March, payment date 5th April 2018).


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blacksheep
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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Nov 22 2017, 11:08 AM

Seems age.and death, was very much featured back in 2015 when Costa was looking to IPO - quite a story

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Now Frank has decided to sell the $1 billion business that was started by his great uncle as a small fruit shop in 1888.

The father of eight daughters, he looked through his extended family and found no one who was willing or able to take over, which means he is now looking for an offer too good to refuse.

"I am 77 and I want the deal done while I am still sharp enough to see it through."


http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/frank-co...311-141bdw.html



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nipper
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Too much presumption; death is as real as it gets.



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blacksheep
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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Nov 21 2017, 03:54 PM

There's always a "valid" excuse - does anyone really get the full picture?

Family IPO's always have a number of question marks. Back in 2015 when Costa IPO'd - No interest in Costa IPO

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My initial thoughts on the Costa Group IPO are as follows:

1. It looks rather expensive on a forecast (minimum) PER of 15.

2. The operating margin looks fairly high (for a food business) at around 10%. I would imagine that the major supermarkets would be looking at those margins already and ‘suggesting’ that wholesale prices should come down. To some extent berries and mushrooms are premium products and the supermarkets like dealing with big suppliers that can guarantee on-shelf availability, but I’m not sure I’d be relying on that competitive advantage too much.

3. The business has quite a number of risks that are hard to protect against, including weather and the risk of contamination

4. I dislike the fact that this is essentially a private equity sell-down. The Costa family are selling the large majority of their shares into the IPO, which doesn’t fill me with confidence about the future of the business.


https://www.intelligentinvestor.com.au/no-i...sta-ipo-1499236

Then earlier this year - Costa family considers selling horticulture farms

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The move would unwind some of the Costa family's related-party transactions with the listed Costa Group, an arrangement queried by a number of investors and analysts since the group listed in July 2015.

Costa Group floated at $2.25 a share in July 2015 and this week shares have trading around $4.70.

The properties leased to Costa Group include blueberry and raspberry farms on the NSW North Coast’s Corindi district; blueberries in Tumbarumba in southern NSW; blueberries, raspberries and blackberries near Devonport in northern Tasmania; and citrus in the South Australian Riverland.

"If they did look to sell them, we may or may not be interested in buying them," said Costa Group chief executive, Harry Debney, when contacted by The Australian Financial Review.

"They are not a dominant part of our portfolio, we have in excess of 40 farms."

The leases for the Costa Asset Management farms expire in 2026, with options to renew.

The properties also entitle the owner to a fixed rent and a share of earnings from Costa Group's berries and citrus businesses.


http://www.farmonline.com.au/story/4731427...-selling-farms/

Real reason???? Maybe the share price was at an all time high ? smile.gif

It will be interesting to see how the SP travels from here.






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.. the Costa family has revealed their selldown yesterday of over $100 million worth of shares in the listed Costa Group was motivated by estate planning. In a letter sent to Costa chairman Neil Chatfield yesterday afternoon, an entity called Costa AFR Pty Ltd revealed the estate planning issues had been triggered by the sudden death of Anthony Costa earlier this year.

Anthony Costa was the brother of listed Costa Group director and shareholder Frank Costa and Robert Costa, who chairs the Costa's family office Costa Asset Management. Together they pioneered the development of Costa Group, the nation's largest fruit and vegetable company. Anthony Costa continued to work and consult in the industry until his final days. He passed away in February after a stroke following a surgical procedure.

Yesterday afternoon's sale by the family of 17.1 million shares in Costa Group, or 5.3 per cent of the company, generated over $112m of proceeds.

"It was between Anthony's estate and my other brother Robert who oversees that," said Frank Costa. "They thought it was time they looked after the estate. Anthony has lots of children. So it was agreed to sell half of our holding for that reason. I didn't oppose it. "They had been talking about it for a while but it only got serious in the past week.

"I think it (Costa Group) is a great company, it is exciting the future it has. "I wish I could turn the body clock back 40 years to get more involved, to be honest."
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/c...fbb31941669b582



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Costa family sells down in UBS trade
Nov 20 2017 at 5:50 PM Updated Nov 20 2017 at 5:50 PM Sarah Thompson , Anthony Macdonald , Joyce Moullakis

5.3% or 17.1 mil shares @ $6.55 - leaving them with circa 4.9%
Read more: http://www.afr.com/street-talk#ixzz4z1tTdglo
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mullokintyre
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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Sep 29 2017, 05:43 PM

Well, I sold the rest of rm this afternoon.
No one died taking profits.
Just can't see where the growth is going to come from to justify these high PE's.
Just gotta fin something else to spend my money on.
Copper looks like it might be the target.
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nipper
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Well played, sir
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Costa Group hit an all-time record high of $5.58 at the open and continue to trade near the lofty levels after the retailer food supplier was served an upgrade to ‘hold’ from ‘lighten’ from JPMorgan analysts with renewed appetite for Australian horticultural exposure.

On the tip of the analysts’ tongues after scouting around Costa’s competitors and peers are dearer citrus exports prices, a segment of Costa’s sales they tout as a significant enough portion of group operating earnings.

“Higher citrus export pricing was a focus of our discussion,” said JPMorgan analysts. “Given we believe this unit’s lower-than-average margins, and that typically agriculture businesses have a high degree of leverage from changes in prices, we believe Costa’s FY18E profit growth could be boosted significantly by higher citrus export pricing.”

JPMorgan recently went cold on Costa after picking up the scent of deflationary blueberries, and while the concern lingers, its analysts believe economic forces abroad behind the citric sweetening can buffet the sour berry category and predict a 24pc increase in net profit to $72m this financial year.

“We have increase our assumption for price growth in citrus to more than 5pc on a blended average basis, while decreasing our forecast berry price decline to 10pc,” they say. “Our June 2018 target price increases to $5.01 as a result.”

Does Costa own the Driscoll's brand? If so, the supermarkets of France are full of berries - mainly sourced from Peru. Also, little tomatoes in clear boxes have supplanted the Big Reds, to a large extent. In fact, the whole horticulture supply lines and availability seem v similar to Aus.

- this one got away, for me! But I'm popular with some mates



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"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
mullokintyre
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In Reply To: mullokintyre's post @ Aug 25 2017, 12:16 PM

Well that worked well!
Up 5.5% today alone!.
Must be something in the wind.
Mick



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