Shorting Spain, EWP

Positions in Europe: Short Spain (EWP); Short Italy (EWI); Short EUR-USD (FXE); Short UK (EWU)


Keith shorted Spain in the Hedgeye Virtual Portfolio on a rally in the etf EWP today. As a reminder, Spanish risk signals are flashing due to steep debt maturities in August and October (see chart below); mounting political pressure for early elections of Zapatero’s government (scheduled for March 2012); and ongoing concerns about the strength of its banking industry, including exposures to the PIIGS (note: EWP is highly levered to financials, composing 41% of the etf).


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To the latter point, Josh Steiner and Allison Kaptur of our Financials team have done excellent work quantifying the most exposed European banks to the PIIGS based on the results of the EBA’s EU Stress Test, which they’ve included in a recent piece titled “European Debt Crisis: Where the Bodies are Buried (the 14 Most Exposed EU Banks)”.  If you didn’t receive a copy, please email us at . In the report you’ll note that Spanish banks rank high in the categories of both total exposure to the PIIGS and exposure as a % of Core Tier 1 Capital.


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Below is a chart of the Spanish equity index, IBEX 35, which is broken across both its immediate term TRADE (9,969) and intermediate term TREND  (10,426) lines. As a reminder, despite all “best efforts” of European leaders to come up with solutions to the regions's sovereign debt contagion, we think that if anything should come of the EU Summit meeting tomorrow, which plans to discuss a second bailout for Greece, it will at best be just another short-term band-aid to provide temporarily relief.


Spanish risks will by no means come off the table.


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Matthew Hedrick



If consumers in Asia develop a fondness of pizza and cheeseburgers, what happens to CAKE's margins?


Cheese prices led the gainers last week, rising 4.1% to new highs which will surely put some pressure on CAKE’s 2H11 commodity guidance.  TXRH, too, has some dairy exposure and will likely be watching this recent price surge in dairy prices with keen interest.  Apparently, the growing popularity of pizza and cheeseburgers in Asia is driving cheese prices higher!  Coffee prices nose-dived week-over-week as concerns grew that a slowing global economy may bring slower demand.  Beef prices slid as news on Russia’s increase in beef and poultry production in 1H11 emerged.  Corn prices also dropped as yields in Ukraine’s average grain crops were 20% higher than last year.  However, concern over the hot and dry weather in the U.S. cutting yields has pulled prices higher for the second consecutive day.







Cheese prices are not supportive of CAKE’s call for +2.5% inflation in 2H11 versus +4.5% in the first half (guided, not reported).  Looking at the chart below, it is clear that dairy – as an important component of CAKE’s commodity basket – is far in excess of the average 1H11 price.   Kraft has cited Asia’s growing demand for pizza and cheeseburgers as being a driver of cheese exports from the U.S.  Recently, some large holders of DPZ have been paring their positions of late as cheese prices have marched higher.  Given the volatility in dairy markets this year, it is unwise to extrapolate any given data point, but trusting the guidance of management teams on cheese prices could prove equally unwise.  Below is a selection of comments from management teams pertaining to cheese prices from recent earnings calls.




  • DPZ (5.5.11):  “And really the one to watch as always is cheese and our best bet right now is that it's going to stay relatively close to where it is right now but cheese is the one that often gives the biggest surprises either up or down and that's the one to kind of watch but assuming cheese stays relatively flat from here on out then, the absolute food costs from – through the rest of the year are probably going to stay pretty consistent with where they were in Q1 which to your point means the percentage year-over-year increase will probably ease a little bit over the course of the year.”  Hedgeye: Hope is not an investment process.  DPZ’s earnings call took place at a trough in cheese prices.  I expect a different tone on the next earnings call in discussing this particular item.
  • CAKE (4.20.11):  “The first half of the year, we're expecting food cost inflation of about 4.5% plus and then in the last half of the year, about 2.5% minus. And a lot of that has to do with the fact that we expect to lap a lot of high dairy costs from 2010 and the fourth quarter of 2011, but also due to the fact that we expect to have slightly lower fresh fish costs, slightly lower cheese prices, than last year as well.”
  • CMG (4.20.11):  “As we move into 2011, we’re expanding our use of cheese and sour cream made with milk from cows.”  Hedgeye: This company has driven sufficient traffic to gain leverage over commodity costs but, I would caution, some margin pressure has been taken (last night's earnings) and cheese was cited in particular.  If dairy prices continue higher, CMG could see food costs negatively impacted.  The company is rolling out a 4.5% price increase, however, as our note from earlier this morning discusses in more detail.
  • TXHR (5.2.11): “We've also got a lot of flow in the dairy markets, in cheese, so there's other things beyond produce that do move around throughout the year.”  Hedgeye: In 1Q09, TXRH called out favorable beef and cheese prices as being primary drivers of cost of sales being down 126 bps in the quarter.  We think it is highly likely that cheese will be a contributor to a cost of sales increase in 2Q11.





A stronger outlook for the dollar is bearish for coffee and coffee prices slid almost 9% after a -2.7% decline last week.  While prices remain elevated, up 52% year-over-year, the past couple of weeks’ decline is positive for SBUX, PEET, GMCR, MCD, DNKN, CBOU, and THI.  Even taking this recent decline into account, the still-elevated level of prices means that any coffee concepts that have to renegotiate contracts may face an increase in food costs on their P&Ls.  Below is a selection of comments from management teams pertaining to coffee prices from recent earnings calls.




  • PEET (5/3/2011): We believe we're better off lowering our earnings guidance by $0.10 this year and continuing with the plans we have in place than we would be curtailing spending activity or taking extraordinary pricing action that would be inconsistent with our long-term business interests, and the more sustainable long term cost of coffee we foresee.  As a result, you will see throughout our call today that we have a very strong performing fundamental business, but we have to buy some unusually high priced coffee in the short term, then we're not going to do unnatural things in reaction to an unnatural market environment short term. Hedgeye: We’ve noted this before: coffee prices trade on a very tight inverse-correlation to the US Dollar.  While it seems that price may have been “unusual” to management teams in May, it is taking quite a while for prices to adjust, making these levels less and less unusual.
  • GMCR: (5/3/11): Before closing, I also want to touch on rising coffee costs and the effect of our business. Like others in the industry, we are closely watching coffee prices. When we announced our last price increase in September of 2010, coffee prices had increased roughly 30% from $1.45 to $1.90 per pound over the course of roughly three months. Since then, costs have continued to escalate, recently hitting historic highs of more than $3 a pound, a nearly 60% increase since September.  In attempt to offset rising green coffee costs, as well as increases in other input costs, we are currently in the process of raising prices for all packaged types. We expect that consumers will see an increase of approximately 10% at the point-of-purchase as the result of this price increase. We expect to see the full benefit of this price increase during our fiscal fourth quarter of 2011.  We generally fix the price of our coffee contracts three to nine months prior to delivery so that we can adjust our sales prices to the marketplace.  Hedgeye: Coffee has backed off the “historic” high of more than $3 per pound but is still at $2.60 plus.  Demand remains strong; without a rising dollar, expect price to continue to pressure retailers.
  • SBUX (4/27/11): Regarding coffee costs, as I have indicated previously, we have fully locked our coffee costs for 2011 and are price-protected for a couple months into fiscal 2012.  As we progress through the balance of 2011, we will progressively take actions to secure our coffee needs and lock coffee costs for additional months into 2012. While we expect that the costs we pay for coffee may be higher in '12 than they are in '11, we remain confident that we can offset those increased costs and preserve our long-term earnings growth targets.  Hedgeye: SBUX is confident that it can pass on price and offset coffee inflation with other efficiencies.  It is interesting that it expects higher coffee prices in 2012 than in 2011, which would somewhat contradict PEET’s assertion that in May that prices at the time had been unusual.  SBUX expects higher prices to come.



Live Cattle


Beef prices have declined -2.7% week-over-week to +18.5% year-over-year.  Corn prices moving higher over the past couple of days has provided some price support but news of Russia’s meat and poultry production surging 3.8% YTD boosted supply.  Additionally, news of contaminated beef in Japan as a result of cattle from the area near the crippled nuclear power plant in Fukushima may also have an impact on prices.  Japan’s government said it “can’t rule out” the possibility that contaminated beef has been exported.


As we mentioned before, the slaughtering of livestock in Texas and surrounding areas suffering from drought may have provided some relief in beef prices.  According to the Henry County Local this morning, cattle need 13 to 20 gallons of water in hot weather.  The arduous and costly task of maintaining herds could be leading to further slaughtering of cattle.  While this boosts supply in the short term, it could mean smaller herds and higher prices over the intermediate term.  Below is a selection of comments from management teams pertaining to beef prices from recent earnings calls.





  • RRGB (5/20/11): Ground beef could be higher by as much as 20% year-over-year, which has a meaningful negative impact to our margins.  Hedgeye: live cattle prices are up +18.5% y/y.
  • JACK (5/19/11): Beef accounts for more than 20% of our spend and is the biggest factor driving the change in our guidance. For the full year, we are now anticipating beef cost to be up nearly 14% versus our previous expectation of 9% inflation. We expect beef cost to be up approximately 14% to 15% in the third quarter. 
  • WEN (5/10/11): We communicated to you back in March that we expected beef cost to rise approximately 10% to 15% and that we expected our total commodity costs to rise 2% to 3% in 2011. We are now forecasting that our beef cost will rise 20%. Hedgeye: there is moderate upside risk to beef price guidance for WEN.
  • EAT (4/27/11):  Well, consistent with what we've talked about in the last month or so as we visited many of you, beef continues to present the most significant inflationary pressure in our commodity basket.
  • MCD (4/21/11): And so if the commodity markets move significantly from here and the main ones obviously looking at beef, looking at corn, wheat, coffee, et cetera, our guidance reflects where the markets are today. If they stay around these levels, the 4% to 4.5% [commodity guidance for 2011] should be locked in. If they move dramatically up or down, then we'll have to reflect that as we move forward. Hedgeye: inflation guidance may have to be adjusted higher.
  • MRT (5/4/11): Q: I wanted to revisit the overall expectations for your commodities basket, and I missed the part about beef, just wanted to verify that it was up in the 20% range.  A: no, no, no.  I said in the low double-digits.  Hedgeye: This is possible, even probable, for the year looking at average 2010 versus average YTD 2011 prices, and given the easier compares in the fourth quarter, but will require no sustained upturns from here.



Howard Penney

Managing Director


Rory Green



WMT: Odds on WMT



Keith bought WMT this morning in the Hedgeye virtual portfolio after successfully going 2-for-2 on the short-side in 1Q. We’ve had a bearish view on the company for a number of reasons, but the fact of the matter is that the near-term and intermediate-term setup is now shaping up somewhat favorably for the first time in a while.


Among the factors behind our bearish view were concerns over internal execution, inventory build into year-end, and a hyper-focus on price leadership capping the potential for margin improvement. While not much has changed as it relates to internal execution, the fact of the matter is that it is lapping sins of the past. We have a pretty low degree of confidence that WMT is any closer to right-sizing the ship. But as it relates to the near term setup, expectations appear to be in check and fundamental downside risk is low – particularly on gross margins given the favorable sales/inventory spread, as well as sss comps.


We realize that this does not come across as having outsized conviction in our edge on Wal-Mart’s fundamentals.  And in fact, from a longer-term standpoint (TAIL duration), we’d rather own Target by a long shot.


But when WMT gets to a point where things simply stop getting worse, and the stock looks good in Keith’s multi-factor model, the odds are in favor of a long here.


WMT: Odds on WMT - WMT VP 7 20 11



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HBI: There’s More Downside To Go


Even with today’s blow up, people are currently paying for uninterrupted growth today at HBI. Not only is the growth suspect, but the cadence is as well. We should see the top line growth rate erode meaningfully throughout the next 6 quarters. The risk/reward here is NOT favorable.



Not a surprise with HBI’s reaction to its print today. Yes, it was an in-line quarter, but we’re starting to see cracks for which its valuation left little margin of error. We’ve been concerned about HBI for about two quarters now, and have had it near the top of our short list more recently (along with JC Penney, Carter’s, Gildan, and more recently, Under Armour).


Our conclusion on HBI is that it could be a very good story, if the management team realizes what it is and manages its playbook accordingly. They’ve been executing very well with their factory consolidation – to an extent that no one (except Gildan) has done so in the past. The problem, however, is that HBI is trying to be a growth company, instead of a ‘steady-but-slower-growth top-line with meaningful cash flow and de-levering balance sheet’ story. More specifically…


Long  term top line growth is should be 2—4%. The category grows 1%. Then they take 1-3% share as they use proceeds of factory cost reductions to pass to retailers and consumers. But they’ve been printing top line of around 9% for the past 6 quarters. Much of that (5-6%) has been shelf space gains at Dollar Stores, WMT and TGT. But then, as they started to anniversary growth, what did they do?  They started doing deals. One was big, the other small. But they both happened within a quarter of one another.  Remember, the pitch upon the spin-off was lsd top line, hsd ebit, and mid-teens eps due to delevering the massive $2.6bn debt load that Sara Lee dropped on it. But instead of de-levering and paying underfunded pension liability, they’re doing deals?  In addition, CFO Lee Wyatt just resigned. Our sense is that Wyatt and Knoll simply did not agree on strategy.  Wyatt wanted to improve the balance sheet. Knoll wants to pursue an aggressive growth strategy – even if they have to buy growth.


People say it is cheap on earnings, which is absurd. There’s no reason why an asset-intensive vertically-integrated apparel company with $2bn in debt should be valued on anything other than EBITDA. It’s trading at about 8.2x EBITDA today.  When vertically integrated apparel assets have traded hands in the past, they’ve gone for 3-5x EBITDA (ask the folks at VFC who had to give away their ops several yrs back at 4.6x EBITDA). If HBI trades below 4x EBITDA, there’s no equity value left.


People are currently paying for uninterrupted growth today at HBI. Not only is the growth suspect, but the cadence is as well. We should see the top line growth rate erode meaningfully throughout the next 6 quarters – unless HBI does more deals. That’s possible, but we suspect that the market will start to see through this.


The risk/reward here is NOT favorable.


Here are some of the more notable statements from management on the call.

  1. The volatility in this model is picking up.
    • Moved from steady outlook to more volatility
    • They’re looking for a price hike in Q4 to offset increase costs in the first half of 2012.
    • Looking for negative price elasticity in back half
    • Cutting back on unit inventory levels to manage inflation, and units are falling off less than prices going up
    • But...HBI leads on price which allows temporary gaps in pricing against competitors
  2. They’re banking on MORE shelf space gains
    • Space gains happen again after back to school and into holiday
    • lot of programs across a lot of retailers in all categories
    • Looking for new offerings throughout a whole host of accounts (“lots of wins in lots of places”)
  3. On channel inventory levels, Knoll noted that some channels are up, and some are down. But the ones that are having the most success are those that are being the most liberal with inventory build. (This synchs with our view that retailers overall need to accelerate inventory growth to command any kind of growth multiple).
  4. Inflation outlook
    • Cotton went as low as a dollar – that was too low
    • Need to be above a dollar and a quarter to maintain acreage against other crops
    • Retailers don’t want low cotton as it will lead to negative comps in the back half of 2012


HBI: There’s More Downside To Go - HBI S 7 11






Our notes from the call that just ended.




  • "Comparable hotel RevPAR increased 6.7%"
  • "During the quarter, eleven of the Company's comparable hotels were undergoing significant renovation projects, including two of the Company's larger properties, the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown."
  • "On July 14, 2011, the Company reached an agreement to acquire the 888-room Grand Hyatt Washington, D.C. for $442 million, which may include the assumption of a $166 million mortgage loan."
  • "On June 27, 2011, the Company signed an amendment to the partnership agreement to expand its investment in the European joint venture through the establishment of a new fund (the "Euro JV Fund II")."
    • Target size of euro 450 million of new equity/target investment of~ euro 1 billion with leverage
    • Current partners in the European joint venture owns a 33.3% LP interest
    • June 28, 2011: HST transferred the Le Meridien Piccadilly to the Euro JV Fund II for a transfer price of GBP 64MM, including the assumption of the 32MM pounds mortgage loan. Cash received in the transfer was used to repay $41MM of HST's credit facility.
    • "July 6, 2011, the Euro JV Fund II reached an agreement to acquire the 396-room Pullman Bercy in Paris for approximately euro 96 million."
  • Capex in 2Q:
    • $75MM in capital improvement projects and $71MM in renewal and maintenance projects
    • "Major ROI projects substantially completed during the second quarter include: the first phase of our re-development project at the 1,756-room Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and the expansion and renovation of 21,000 square feet of meeting space at the St. Regis Hotel, Houston."
    • "Major renewal and replacement projects substantially completed during the second quarter include phase one of the renovation at the New York Marriott Marquis, which included 991 of its guest rooms, and the renovation of the meeting space and the 1,200 rooms in the main tower of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown."
  • "Investment in ROI expenditures for 2011 will total approximately $220 million to $240 million" and "expects that renewal and replacement expenditures for 2011 will total approximately $320 million to $345 million"
    • ROI capex guidance lowered by $10MM and renewal and replacement capex was increased by $30-35MM
  • During 2Q11 HST issued 11 million shares at an average price of $17.29 per share, for net proceeds of $189MM.
  • "Subsequent to the contribution of the Le Meridien Piccadilly to the Euro JV Fund II, and the partial redemption of the 3.25% Exchangeable Senior Debentures, the Company has total debt outstanding of $5.6 billion and approximately $479 million of available capacity under its credit facility."
  • "Based on the current guidance for 2011, the Company intends to declare, subject to approval by the Company's board of directors, an aggregate annual dividend for 2011 of between $0.14 and $0.15 per share."
  • Outlook for 2011:
    • Comparable RevPAR: +6-7.5%
      • Prior guidance of 6-8%
    • Operating profit margins +150-200bps
      • Prior guidance of 210-260bps
    • Comparable hotel adjusted operating profit margins: 90-120bps
      • Prior guidance of 100-140bps
    • EPS: -$.04 to $0.00/ Net income: -$25MM to $4MM
    • FFO: $0.87 to $0.91 (includes $0.03 debt extinguishment costs, pursuit costs for completed acquisitions and non-cash impairments)
      • Prior guidance of $0.88-$0.91 which included 1 penny of unusual expenses
    • Adjusted EBITDA: $1.02-$1.05BN
      • Prior guidance of $1.01-$1.045BN



  • RevPAR would have increased 7.6% if not for renovations.  The Comp RevPAR doesn't include the 18% RevPAR growth experienced by newly acquired hotels
  • 1 penny impact of acquisition expenses, non-cash expenses and debt extinguishments costs on FFO and 2 cents YTD
  • Saw strong demand increases from higher rated business segments - especially on the transient side. 7.5% increase in special corporate demand. Discount room nights increased 1%.  Transient revenue grew 8%.
  • Group demand was flat with higher priced segments offset by lower business from discount groups.  Group rate increased 4.7% and revenues increased by 4.5% due to mix shift.
    • Group bookings: 3Q pace up 3% and 4Q up 2%. 2012 pace is up materially YoY
  • Guidance doesn't include any additional acquisitions aside from what was already announced
  • Performance in the second quarter was consistent with their expectations and expect 2H11 results will be better due to less disruptions from renovations and improving economic outlook
  • Transient demand has returned to peak 2007 levels
  • Construction costs are beginning to increase again which should help suppress new supply
  • Estimate that the replacement value of their portfolio is $400k per key vs. implied value of $260 per key imbedded in their stock price
  • San Fran: +17% RevPAR - strong transient demand. Expect 3Q to continue to outperform due to excellent transient and group demand.
  • Hawaii: +16.5% - expect Hawaii to underperform in 3Q due to renovation disruption
  • Tampa: Expect that the hotels will perform well in 3Q
  • Miami/Ft Lauderdale: +14.9% RevPAR; 3Q to be great and outperform portfolio
  • Phoenix: +11.3% RevPAR; expect significant outperformance in the 3Q
  • San Diego: +9.2% RevPAR -occupancy improved 7%; 3Q expect them to underperform
  • Chicago: +6.7% RevPAR due to solely ADR growth; expect strong 3Q performance
  • NY: +2.9% RevPAR; expect RevPAR to improve significantly in the balance of the year
  • D.C.: +2.5% RevPAR; expect the market to continue to underperform in the 3Q
  • Boston: -0.4% RevPAR; Expected to underperform in the 3Q
  • Philadelphia: -2.4% RevPAR; expect to outperform in 3Q as renovations wrap up
  • Euro JV: +10.1% RevPAR increase in constant dollars
  • Expect strong flow through for the balance of the year despite higher than inflationary growth in expenses (labor, utilities, property taxes, insurance). Expect strong growth in F&B and other revenues in 2H11.
  • Hope that their properties in New Zealand will re-open in mid-2012. Have business interruption insurance. Have not included proceeds from insurance in their guidance though.
  • They will have to record an additional $5MM tax liability (non-cash charge) related to their European JV


  • D.C. is underperforming this year because it held up better during the downturn. There are also budget issues in the government and as a consequence of uncertainty the government has reduced their group bookings which account for ~20% of D.C. area bookings. However, longer term they believe that Washington is a great market to invest in - from 1 it was one of the best performing markets and held up better during the downturn - they are already back at peak 2007 levels.  Lots of things are happening to make Washington a 24/hr city in the future. Past 2012, they are very excited about the market.  Think that they are buying the Grand Hyatt at a 10% discount to replacement - also think that there will be synergies with their other Hyatt DC asset as well as their other DC hotels.
  • Some of the southern European markets that have weaker economies have seen increases in tourism from stronger European economies
  • M&A market in the US is still largely a REIT market; as debt markets improve, they expect there will be more interest by private capital. 
  • Last year, their near term bookings driving results. This year, near term bookings aren't as robust but future bookings 2-4 quarters out are a lot stronger.  However, short term bookings were unusually strong.
  • Confidence in the 2H11 guidance is driven by performance of +7% excluding renovation disruptions. Renovation disruptions abate in back half.  Group bookings are also better. GDP outlook is still robust at +3%, don't see any reason for business travel to slow in the back half.
  • Their new hotels don't come into their comp set until they own them for 1 year. If those new hotels were in their comp set, then their RevPAR would be about 1pt higher (1%)
  • 2012 group pace is ahead of where it was in 2011 at this time. Revenues on the books is up about 6-7% - almost all occupancy driven. Most of the rate improvement is driven by near term bookings.
  • ROI capital investment in 2012 should be meaningful next year.  Grand Hyatt in D.C. only needs between $10-12MM over the next few years, unless they want to re-optimize the F&B outlets. That asset had a lot of capex invested in it over the last few years.
  • Lenders that have only focused on top 8-10 markets have started branching out more.  As that happens, levels in secondary markets should improve and that will help them sell more assets over the next few years
  • Supply growth in NY should be less of an issue beyond 2012
  • Helmsley - spend $65-70MM starting in the fall of 2011 and complete renovations in 2Q 2012
  • Generally would pay a higher multiple in NY than DC for similar properties in similar locations. 
  • Excluding NY & PA disruptions, group demand would have been up 1%. 
  • Will fund the Hyatt acquisition with their cash on their balance sheet and assume a mortgage on the property.  Their goal is to keep the mortgage but are in negotiations with the current lender.
  • Have $475MM of liquidity on their line of credit. Expect to fund future acquisitions with a combination of ATM equity, debt and cash from operations as well as proceeds from asset sales which should pick up over the next few years.
  • Expect 4Q to be stronger than 3Q because of the general economic outlook, moderation of renovation disruptions, and investment spend in 4Q10 was also a lot larger (i.e. more disruptions in 4Q10).


Notable news items and price action from the restaurant space as well as our fundamental view on select names.





Yesterday, the ICSC chain store sales index reported that chain store sales grew at an above-trend pace last week. Recent data points on consumer spending does not seem to be hit by the reductions in confidence as the debt ceiling debate continues along with fears of a European debt crisis and weaker stock prices.  Year-over-year growth posted its best two weeks since late December, topping 4.5% for two consecutive weeks for the first time since April 2010, when sales were benefiting from a shift in Easter. 





For the week ending July 15, 2011, the MBA mortgage composite index surged 15.5% week-over-week driven by a sharp rise in the refinance index; the refinance index jumped 23.1% on the back of the 30-year fixed mortgage rate well below its 3 month moving average.  The reality is that the purchase index declined 0.1% from the previous week, indicative of a struggling economic recovery and low consumer confidence.  So if no one is buying a new home there is lots of money left over to go out to eat!!


General Mills CEO on food costs - CEO Ken Powell said that higher food prices are here to stay and it was unlikely that food prices will slip into a deflationary cycle as they did last year. "The long-term trends are inflationary, not deflationary and you are going to see pricing in a significant way,"


In our subsector model, food processing stocks continue to underperform.






  • CMG reported $1.59 in EPS, below street expectations, but the company’s strong top line outlook and plan to take price in 3Q has convinced JP Morgan to raise estimates and Piper Jaffray to raise its price target to $352.
  • SBUX “ready-to-eat” chicken products have been recalled by Flying Food Group LLC.  Approximately 204 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken wraps and plates that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes are being sought by the Lawrenceville, Ga., establishment.
  • SBUX has named Kris Engskov as the managing director for its UK and Ireland stores.
  • MCD The first McDonald's restaurant in Bosnia opened for business in the capital Sarajevo on Wednesday.



  • MSSR - Discovery Group, a Chicago-based investment firm, acquired a 6.3-percent stake in McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants Inc. in what some see as a move to take advantage of an expected higher sale price.




Howard Penney

Managing Director


Rory Green


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