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Company also agrees to sell portions of cheese business to a US affiliate of French cheese producer

The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC), a major holding of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A)(BRK.B), announced on Tuesday a long-term restructuring plan that aims to return the company to "consistent and sustainable growth" according to CEO Miguel Patricio. The company also announced it entered a definitive agreement to sell its natural, grated, cultured and specialty cheese products to a U.S. affiliate of Groupe Lactalis, a French producer of dairy products.

The Pittsburgh and Chicago-based food and beverage giant's operating model contains several primary elements, which include people with purpose, consumer platforms and a partner

375 Views    James Li    2020-09-15 19:05
Rising food inflation is having a positive effect on a whole series of downstream industries

Food prices have spiked during the Covid-19 pandemic as a result of consumers buying more groceries as they spend more time at home. Supply issues have also contributed to this trend.

The pandemic has had a strong impact on grocery prices since February. The Bureau of Economic Analysis tracks personal consumption expenditures to help measure inflation. The chart of Consumer Price Index for Food and Beverages in the U.S. shows that food and beverage inflation has dramatically increased since the start of the pandemic.

This demand and supply shock is having a profound effect

390 Views    Praveen Chawla    2020-08-31 18:42
Conglomerate reports record share repurchases, low-risk investments and a hit to operating earnings

On Saturday, Aug. 8, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) released its earnings report for the second quarter of 2020, which ended on June 20.

Noteworthy developments included a 10% drop in operating earnings year over year, as well as a record $5.1 billion worth of share repurchases in May and June. Investors also get a glimpse of what the conglomerate's overall investing strategy has been like throughout the first half of the year, with Berkshire reporting net sales of equity securities and more funds allocated to U.S. Treasury Bills and fixed maturity securities.

Following

2164 Views    Margaret Moran    2020-08-10 22:19
Firm's largest sales of the 2nd quarter

Mark Hillman (Trades, Portfolio), CEO and Chief Investment Officer at Hillman Capital Management, manages a $137 million equity portfolio composed of 38 stocks. The firm sold shares of the following stocks during the second quarter of 2020.

Amgen

The fund closed its Amgen Inc. (AMGN) holding. The portfolio was impacted by -1.73%.

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The company has a market cap of $143 billion and an enterprise value of $165 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 9 out of 10. The return on equity of 70.81% and return

76 Views    Tiziano Frateschi    2020-08-05 16:20
As of late, multiple companies have achieved yearly highs

According to the GuruFocus list of 52-week highs, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-Week Highs.

Advanced Micro Devices reached the 52-week high of $69.40

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) designs and produces microprocessors for the computer and consumer electronics industries. The majority of the firm's sales are in the computer market via CPUs and GPUs. The company acquired graphics processor and chipset maker ATI in 2006 to improve its positioning in the PC chain. In 2009, the firm spun out its manufacturing operations to form a foundry joint venture called GlobalFoundries.

The price

45 Views    yifan900    2020-07-28 14:08
Kraft Heinz offers a 5% dividend, but the payout ratio is over 100%

For some investors, buying small tranches of some of the stocks that Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) buys for Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) serves as part of their investment strategy.

Berkshire Hathaway teamed up with 3G Capital Inc. in 2015 to buy a large stake in the H.J. Heinz Co., but then Heinz went on to buy Kraft Foods Group Inc. Buffett has since conceded they paid too much for The Kraft Heinz Company (KHC).

However, at a lower price and more attractive dividend, could the stock now be a good buying opportunity?

486 Views    Robert Abbott    2020-07-07 15:12
Spam sales elevated globally

Worldwide consumption of canned meat and canned goods in general has boomed during the last few weeks as the pandemic continues around the world. These increased levels of consumption have seen food manufacturers on the rise, including Marfrig Global Foods SA (BSP:MRFG3), Hormel Foods Corp. (HRL) and The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC).

For the first time in many young American's lives, the pandemic brought about empty shelves in grocery stores. By April, many people had flocked to their local grocery store and stocked up on as many staples as they could afford.

Fresh meat supplies became increasingly strained and other

208 Views    Graham Griffin    2020-06-24 21:18
Even professional investors overpay for companies; here are my thoughts on how to avoid this mistake

When investing in individual companies, one of the easiest mistakes to make is overpaying for a business. Overpaying for a stock can significantly alter the returns you achieve.

It is even possible to overpay for the market's best businesses. Just because a company has the best profit margins in a particular sector does not mean that it is worth an infinite amount.

In recent years, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) has admitted on several occasions that he has paid too much for individual companies, Kraft Heinz (KHC) likely being the most notable example.

The fact that even the

415 Views    Rupert Hargreaves    2020-06-03 16:28
Firm's largest sales of the 1st quarter

Joel Greenblatt (Trades, Portfolio)'s Gotham Asset Management sold shares of the following stocks during the first quarter of 2020.

Bristol-Myers

The firm cut its position in Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY) by 72.51%. The trade had an impact of -0.83% on the portfolio.

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The developer of drugs has a market cap of $136.49 billion and an enterprise value of $165.76 billion.

GuruFocus gives the company a profitability and growth rating of 8 out of 10. The return on equity of 3.17% and return on assets of 1.17% are outperforming 51% of

77 Views    Tiziano Frateschi    2020-05-27 13:45
Fairholme leader introduces 4 new holdings to equity portfolio

Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio), founder and managing partner of the Fairholme Fund (Trades, Portfolio), disclosed last week that his top buys for the first quarter included a position expansion in Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)'s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A)(BRK.B) and new holdings in The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC), Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY), Simon Property Group Inc. (SPG) and Western Midstream Partners LP (WES).

Berkowitz concentrates his investments in a relatively small number of companies, believing that the more diversified the portfolio is, the more likely the portfolio performance will be just

748 Views    James Li    2020-05-19 19:34
Sometimes you can overpay for a great business.

Every investor makes, even Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio). The Oracle of Omaha has made several errors throughout his career, and he is not afraid of talking about them at length.

As regular readers of my articles will know, I like to spend more time reviewing these failures than Buffett's successes. The reason why is simple - we can learn far more from losses than from wins. Studying what we wrong, why it went wrong and what Buffett did when the mistake emerged can tell us far more about investing than just following his successful investments.

One of

295 Views    Rupert Hargreaves    2020-05-08 15:21
These stocks have gained more than 20% over a 30-day period

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the market, consumer defensive stocks have generally fared better than others sectors due to increased demand for staple goods like toilet paper and canned food.

On Friday, the major indexes ended the day higher, but were lower for the week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 23,775.27, gaining 1.11%. The S&P 500 closed at 2,836.74 for a gain of 1.39% and the Nasdaq Composite closed at 8,634.52, rising 1.65%.

The GuruFocus All-in-One Screener, a Premium feature, found several consumer packaged goods companies have bucked the trend of the overall

761 Views    Sydnee Gatewood    2020-04-24 21:53
From an investment perspective, predictable consumer businesses share these traits

We find that investment gurus often have a common interest in specific characteristics of business transactions among their investees: small-ticket, non-durable, repeatable, B2C and hopefully relating to everyday use.

Think about Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s longtime investments in Coca-Cola (KO), American Express (AXP) and Kraft Heinz (KHC). For Terry Smith, the “English Buffett,” it could be Paypal (PYPL), PepsiCo (PEP), and Estee Lauder (EL).

Mr. Smith elaborated on the rationales by describing such transactions as being highly-predictably and non-negotiable. As a result, we think that a business model built upon such transactions leads to

901 Views    Steven Chen    2020-03-16 14:37
Core-Mark Holding jumps on 4th-quarter earnings

U.S. stocks were in the green on Monday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.93% to 26,146, the S&P 500 Index rose 2.55% to 3,028 and the Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 2.53% to 8,781.

Non-index stocks have also posted gains and losses recently. Shares of Core-Mark Holding Co. Inc. (CORE) jumped 17% on Monday after the company announced fourth-quarter results. The company posted earnings of 45 cents per share,

42 Views    Omar Venerio    2020-03-02 19:45
These high-debt companies could be next in the wave of credit downgrades, making them more vulnerable to losses

In the first couple of months of 2020, the U.S. economy has continued to see a corporate credit situation that would have been impossible to imagine a few decades ago. To stave off the next economic recession for as long as possible after the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has fought fire with fire, cutting base interest rates in order to make debt cheaper for the increasing number of financially struggling corporate giants.

Increasing junk debt

After some companies saw their credit ratings increase at the end of 2019, the market as a whole is continuing on its decade-long

266 Views    Margaret Moran    2020-02-26 22:59
A bond market deluge may produce incredible bargains and once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunities

Trouble is brewing in the corporate bond market. Spurred on by a decade of access to low-cost credit, companies have piled on more and more debt. At the same time, the quality of bond issuance has been slipping.

This unprecedented state of affairs has many analysts and commentators worried. Previously, I have discussed how the expanding corporate debt time bomb could end up triggering the next financial crisis, as well as the implications of the recent credit downgrade of the Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC).

While this outlook may

353 Views    John Engle    2020-02-26 15:25
Fairholme Fund leader releases fourth-quarter 2019 portfolio. Top holding is St. Joe

Bruce Berkowitz (Trades, Portfolio), founder and managing member of the Fairholme Fund (Trades, Portfolio), disclosed this month that during the fourth quarter of 2019, he closed his position in The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC), a major holding of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio)’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.A)(BRK.B).

Berkowitz said in his quarterly letter that the Fairholme Fund (Trades, Portfolio) gained 32.06% during 2019, outperforming the Standard & Poor’s 500 index benchmark return of 31.49%. The

425 Views    James Li    2020-02-24 22:50
A decade-long borrowing binge, fueled by plentiful cheap credit, has put many companies at serious risk

On Feb. 14, the Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) saw its debt downgraded by both Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings. As a result, Kraft Heinz’s debt has lost its coveted investment-grade status.

As I discussed in an article for GuruFocus last week, the downgrade to high-yield – or junk bond – status was the result of the embattled American food company’s decision to maintain its dividend despite facing a host of financial and operational headwinds.

If misery loves company, Kraft Heinz should not have too long to wait. While it is

293 Views    John Engle    2020-02-24 17:55
The food giant's debt has lost investment-grade status following downgrades from Fitch and S&P

The Kraft Heinz Co. (KHC) has been in the hot seat for more than a year. In 2019, sales continued to fall and profits dwindled as the packaged food company struggled to adapt to changing consumer tastes. Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio), whose Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A)(BRK.B) was a key player in the 2015 merger of the Kraft and Heinz companies, has seen much of his investment evaporate. Things got worse on Feb. 14, when two credit ratings agencies, Fitch Ratings and S&P Global Ratings, downgraded Kraft Heinz’s debt, officially relegating it to

566 Views    John Engle    2020-02-20 16:47
Kraft Heinz and Valero's high dividend ratios make the list

According to the GuruFocus All-in-One Screener as of Dec. 7, the following guru-held companies have high dividend yields but performed poorly over the past 12 months.

The Kraft Heinz Co.

The Kraft Heinz Co.'s (KHC) dividend yield is 5.11%. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has fallen 30.97%. Shares are trading with a price-book ratio of 0.74 and a forward price-earnings ratio of 11.79.

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The food and beverage company has a market cap of $38.23 billion and a GuruFocus profitability rating of 6 out of 10. The return on

291 Views    Tiziano Frateschi    2020-01-07 18:10

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