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3 Stocks Pushing The Food & Beverage Industry Lower

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The Food & Beverage industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Laggards within the Food & Beverage industry included Bridgford Foods ( BRID), down 9.8%, Truett-Hurst Inc Class A ( THST), down 3.0%, Crumbs Bake Shop ( CRMB), down 8.3%, Tofutti Brands ( TOF), down 4.5% and G Willi-Food International ( WILC), down 2.2%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

G Willi-Food International ( WILC) is one of the companies that pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today. G Willi-Food International was down $0.15 (2.2%) to $6.64 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 78,949 shares of G Willi-Food International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 24,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.55-$6.79 after having opened the day at $6.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.79.

G. Willi-Food International Ltd. develops, imports, exports, markets, and distributes various food products worldwide. G Willi-Food International has a market cap of $91.1 million and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates G Willi-Food International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WILC go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • WILC has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 10.63, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.93 million or 45.31% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 12.12%.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • G WILLI-FOOD INTL LTD's earnings per share declined by 15.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, G WILLI-FOOD INTL LTD increased its bottom line by earning $0.70 versus $0.50 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.79 versus $0.70).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: G Willi-Food International Ratings Report

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