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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 0.01
FLO's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
64% of the 1426 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.75 vs. FLO: 0.01 )
FLO' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: No Debt
Current: 0.01

Equity to Asset 0.43
FLO's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
54% of the 1415 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. FLO: 0.43 )
FLO' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 0.68
Current: 0.43

0.32
0.68
Interest Coverage 11.61
FLO's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
62% of the 907 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 16.52 vs. FLO: 11.61 )
FLO' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 124.66
Current: 11.61

0.14
124.66
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 4.14
M-Score: -2.50
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 8.94
FLO's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 1415 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.72 vs. FLO: 8.94 )
FLO' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -1.26   Max: 8.94
Current: 8.94

-1.26
8.94
Net-margin (%) 6.16
FLO's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1416 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.99 vs. FLO: 6.16 )
FLO' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -1.28   Max: 6.16
Current: 6.16

-1.28
6.16
ROE (%) 21.45
FLO's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1399 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 7.24 vs. FLO: 21.45 )
FLO' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -2.86   Max: 21.45
Current: 21.45

-2.86
21.45
ROA (%) 9.22
FLO's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1412 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.79 vs. FLO: 9.22 )
FLO' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -1.54   Max: 10.34
Current: 9.22

-1.54
10.34
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 31.46
FLO's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1410 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.01 vs. FLO: 31.46 )
FLO' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.48   Max: 31.46
Current: 31.46

1.48
31.46
Revenue Growth (%) 12.50
FLO's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1093 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. FLO: 12.50 )
FLO' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 13.1
Current: 12.5

0
13.1
EBITDA Growth (%) 14.70
FLO's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 974 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. FLO: 14.70 )
FLO' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 21.5
Current: 14.7

0
21.5
EPS Growth (%) 18.20
FLO's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 890 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. FLO: 18.20 )
FLO' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 0   Max: 81.7
Current: 18.2

0
81.7
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Financials


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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

FLO Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Steven Cohen 369,136 sh (+723.23%)
Murray Stahl 41,560 sh (+5.99%)
Chuck Royce 600,150 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 987,325 sh (-2.2%)
Jim Simons 2,381,700 sh (-5.06%)
Jeremy Grantham 49,166 sh (-7.11%)
John Keeley 1,762,635 sh (-9.83%)
Pioneer Investments 156,900 sh (-10.34%)
Meridian Funds 524,200 sh (-11.97%)
Diamond Hill Capital 416,715 sh (-47.56%)
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Q2 2013

FLO Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 24,800 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 37,913 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 1,704,349 sh (+207.81%)
Chuck Royce 900,225 sh (unchged)
Diamond Hill Capital 612,465 sh (-2.02%)
Mario Gabelli 1,422,891 sh (-3.92%)
Murray Stahl 59,001 sh (-5.36%)
John Keeley 2,498,932 sh (-5.48%)
Pioneer Investments 215,600 sh (-8.39%)
Jim Simons 3,216,063 sh (-9.98%)
Meridian Funds 646,800 sh (-17.74%)
Jeremy Grantham 54,638 sh (-25.91%)
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Q3 2013

FLO Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 41,500 sh (+67.34%)
Jim Simons 3,797,882 sh (+18.09%)
Diamond Hill Capital 722,598 sh (+17.98%)
Joel Greenblatt 38,959 sh (+2.76%)
Chuck Royce 900,225 sh (unchged)
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
Pioneer Investments 213,156 sh (-1.13%)
Mario Gabelli 1,380,497 sh (-2.98%)
Murray Stahl 56,601 sh (-4.07%)
John Keeley 2,371,956 sh (-5.08%)
Steven Cohen 415,759 sh (-75.61%)
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Q4 2013

FLO Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Diamond Hill Capital 1,005,110 sh (+39.1%)
Chuck Royce 1,059,125 sh (+17.65%)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Murray Stahl 55,401 sh (-2.12%)
Mario Gabelli 1,345,400 sh (-2.54%)
Jim Simons 3,308,182 sh (-12.89%)
John Keeley 1,610,871 sh (-32.09%)
Steven Cohen 245,745 sh (-40.89%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with FLO

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Keeley 2013-12-31 Reduce -32.09%0.3%$21.15 - $25.39 $ 20.44-10%1610871
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Sold Out 0.03%$21.15 - $25.39 $ 20.44-10%0
Meridian Funds 2013-06-30 Reduce -17.74%0.11%$20.76 - $23.307 $ 20.44-7%646800
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 New Buy0.04%$20.76 - $23.307 $ 20.44-7%37913
Meridian Funds 2012-12-31 Add 48.21%0.18%$12.58 - $16.09 $ 20.4444%595500
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.04%$12.58 - $16.09 $ 20.4444%0
Meridian Funds 2012-09-30 New Buy0.29%$13.26 - $15.84 $ 20.4445%401800
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 New Buy0.04%$13.26 - $15.84 $ 20.4445%25918
John Hussman 2012-06-30 Sold Out $12.99 - $15.73 $ 20.4443%0
John Hussman 2012-03-31 New Buy$12.3 - $13.66 $ 20.4467%2000
Joel Greenblatt 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.1018%$12.11 - $15.31 $ 20.4450%0
Joel Greenblatt 2011-06-30 Reduce -37.04%0.11%$12.21 - $14.81 $ 20.4449%33045
Joel Greenblatt 2011-03-31 Add 271.71%0.21%$10.81 - $12.15 $ 20.4477%34989
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -43.49%0.15%$10.81 - $12.15 $ 20.4477%986513
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Guru Investment Theses on Flowers Foods, Inc.

Meridian Funds Comments on Flowers Foods - May 23, 2013

Flowers Foods (FLO), one of our larger holdings, makes fresh bread, snack cakes and pastries under the Nature's Own, TastyKakes and Mrs. Freshley's brands, among others. It is the second largest fresh bread company in the US and the largest in the Southeast. Competitive advantages include a low-cost manufacturing footprint of modernized bakeries and the industry's most efficient delivery network. We believe that above industry average growth should continue as Flower expands its delivery network in the West, Northeast and Midwest. Growth, in our opinion, should be augmented by the recent purchase of several bakeries and brands at attractive prices from bankrupt rival Hostess Brands. The current dividend yield is 2.1% and we believe future dividend increases appear likely based on attractive earnings growth prospects, a payout of less than half of forward earnings and historical dividend per share growth at a 15% five year compound annual growth rate.

From Meridian Fundscommentary on the quarter ended March 31, 2013.


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Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Flowers Foods - Oct 23, 2012

Processed and packaged foods manufacturer Flowers Foods, Inc. (FLO) reported a second quarter relatively in-line with analyst expectations. Input costs, however, continued to be an issue with the summer drought negatively impacting wheat costs. Flowers Foods produced consistent double digit earnings gains during much of the last decade but has seen relatively flat earnings the past two years. We expect earnings growth will be restored in 2013.
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Top Ranked Articles about Flowers Foods, Inc.

Meridian Funds Comments on Flowers Foods
Flowers Foods (FLO), one of our larger holdings, makes fresh bread, snack cakes and pastries under the Nature's Own, TastyKakes and Mrs. Freshley's brands, among others. It is the second largest fresh bread company in the US and the largest in the Southeast. Competitive advantages include a low-cost manufacturing footprint of modernized bakeries and the industry's most efficient delivery network. We believe that above industry average growth should continue as Flower expands its delivery network in the West, Northeast and Midwest. Growth, in our opinion, should be augmented by the recent purchase of several bakeries and brands at attractive prices from bankrupt rival Hostess Brands. The current dividend yield is 2.1% and we believe future dividend increases appear likely based on attractive earnings growth prospects, a payout of less than half of forward earnings and historical dividend per share growth at a 15% five year compound annual growth rate. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 18.90
FLO's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
68% of the 1168 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 19.40 vs. FLO: 18.90 )
FLO' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 15.68   Max: 89.7
Current: 18.9

15.68
89.7
P/B 3.90
FLO's P/B is ranked lower than
63% of the 1342 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.66 vs. FLO: 3.90 )
FLO' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.53   Max: 5.16
Current: 3.9

1.53
5.16
P/S 1.15
FLO's P/S is ranked higher than
50% of the 1446 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. FLO: 1.15 )
FLO' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.69   Max: 1.49
Current: 1.15

0.69
1.49
PFCF 25.40
FLO's PFCF is ranked higher than
52% of the 824 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 19.20 vs. FLO: 25.40 )
FLO' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 9.65   Max: 360.73
Current: 25.4

9.65
360.73
EV-to-EBIT 15.20
FLO's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
62% of the 1237 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.33 vs. FLO: 15.20 )
FLO' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 10.2   Max: 21.3
Current: 15.2

10.2
21.3
PEG 1.90
FLO's PEG is ranked higher than
69% of the 686 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.28 vs. FLO: 1.90 )
FLO' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.89   Max: 5.29
Current: 1.9

0.89
5.29
Shiller P/E 27.50
FLO's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
54% of the 681 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 20.60 vs. FLO: 27.50 )
FLO' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 20.64   Max: 75.13
Current: 27.5

20.64
75.13

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 2.02
FLO's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
52% of the 1038 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. FLO: 2.02 )
FLO' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.64   Max: 3.29
Current: 2.02

0.64
3.29
Dividend Payout 0.37
FLO's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
94% of the 858 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. FLO: 0.37 )
FLO' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 0.94
Current: 0.37

0.36
0.94
Dividend growth (3y) 5.80
FLO's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
78% of the 564 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. FLO: 5.80 )
FLO' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 153.5
Current: 5.8

0
153.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.99
FLO's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
65% of the 1070 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.17 vs. FLO: 2.99 )
FLO' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.96   Max: 4.92
Current: 2.99

0.96
4.92
Share Buyback Rate -0.70
FLO's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
75% of the 794 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: -0.80 vs. FLO: -0.70 )
FLO' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 0   Max: -0.7
Current: -0.7

Valuation & Return

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Price/Tangible Book 31.00
FLO's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
87% of the 1215 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. FLO: 31.00 )
FLO' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.1   Max: 32.53
Current: 31

1.1
32.53
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.90
FLO's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
51% of the 644 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. FLO: 1.90 )
FLO' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.18   Max: 1.97
Current: 1.9

1.18
1.97
Price/Median PS Value 1.20
FLO's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
53% of the 1305 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. FLO: 1.20 )
FLO' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.52   Max: 1.26
Current: 1.2

0.52
1.26
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.00
FLO's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
54% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. FLO: 2.00 )
FLO' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 0.97   Max: 4.37
Current: 2

0.97
4.37
Price/Graham Number 5.00
FLO's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
78% of the 1027 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. FLO: 5.00 )
FLO' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 5.3
Current: 5

0.81
5.3
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.60
FLO's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
67% of the 1310 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 6.40 vs. FLO: 6.60 )
FLO' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 4.7   Max: 9.8
Current: 6.6

4.7
9.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 11.69
FLO's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
82% of the 884 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 7.11 vs. FLO: 11.69 )
FLO' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 8.4   Max: 21.1
Current: 11.69

8.4
21.1

Business Description

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods » Packaged Foods
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Traded in other countries:FWF.Germany
Flowers Foods, Inc., a Georgia corporation was incorporated in 2000. The Company is a producer and marketer of packaged bakery foods for retail and foodservice customers. It produces breads, buns, rolls, snack cakes and pastries that are distributed fresh to U.S. customers in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest as well as select markets in California and Nevada and frozen to customers nationwide. The Company consists of two business segments: direct-store-delivery (DSD) and warehouse delivery. The DSD segment is focused on the production and marketing of bakery products to U.S. customers in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest as well as select markets in California and Nevada mainly through its direct-store-delivery system. In its warehouse delivery segment, the Company produces snack cakes for sale to retail, vending, and co-pack customers as well as frozen bread, rolls and buns for sale to retail and foodservice customers. Its warehouse products are distributed nationally through mass merchandisers and brokers, as well as through warehouse and vending distributors. Additionally, the Company distributes to retail outlets to U.S. customers in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southwest as well as selects markets in California and Nevada through its DSD system. The Company's main baking ingredients are flour, sweeteners and shortening. It also uses paper products, such as corrugated cardboard and films and plastics to package its baked foods. The Company's fresh baked foods customer base includes mass merchandisers, supermarkets and other grocery retailers, restaurants, fast-food chains, food wholesalers, institutions and vending companies. It also sells returned and surplus product through a system of thrift outlets. The Company's packaged bakery snack products under the Mrs. Freshley's brand are sold mainly to customers who distribute the product nationwide through multiple channels of distribution, including mass merchandisers, supermarkets, vending outlets and convenience stores. It also produces packaged bakery snack products for the DSD system under its BlueBird brand. Its frozen bakery products are sold to foodservice distributors, institutions, retail in-store bakeries and restaurants under its European Bakers brand and under private labels. The United States packaged bakery category is intensely competitive and is comprised of large food companies, large independent bakeries with national distribution and smaller regional and local bakeries. Primary national competitors include Interstate Bakeries Corporation, Sara Lee Corporation, Grupo Bimbo S.A. de C.V., McKee Foods Corporation and Campbell Soup Company. Competitors for fresh packaged bakery snack products include Interstate Bakeries Corporation, McKee Foods Corporation and many regional companies who produce both branded and private label product. Competition is based upon the ability to meet production and distribution demands of retail and vending custo

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