Investors are continuously watching over the easing inflation this year. Due to this active participation of investors, San Miguel Food and Beverage, Inc. (SMFB) stocks were the 9th actively traded stock last week. In a span of 3 days from April 15 to April 17, the data gathered showed that about 4.85 million shares of SMFB or equivalent to P543.33 million were on the trading platform. And last Wednesday, April 17, SMFB shares closed at P113.8, higher than the P112 closing price on April 12. What do you think caused this active movement? Are investors starting to expect something better and gainful to happen to this known food company?
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The easing inflation somehow brings comfort to SMFB as reflected by the its investors’ actions. One solid reason why the firm had the most actively traded stocks is because investors expect better earnings this 2019. Considering that the inflation rate is going down, they believe that the margins for consumer companies, one of those is SMFB, will get its recovery this year. That expectation gave the firm something to look forward to when inflation continues to ease down. For investors out there looking for some great companies to invest in, it’s time you weigh your options and consider buying stocks from SMFB or alike firms.
While the data showed a net foreign buying transaction of P793.67 million, which obviously means that there is a bullish foreign fund for SMFB in the coming months, its price-to-earnings ratio has seen trading at 27.89x. If compared to other food companies like Universal Robina and Jollibee who were trading at 30.41x and 38.08x, this is much lower and considered as a cheaper option for investors. This report is showing us that investors already expected good figures from SMFB, which in fact, was achieved if we take a look at the 2018 net profit of the firm accounting for P18.2 billion or more than 5% higher than the 2017 net profit.
Breaking it down into pieces, the first segment of SMFB, which is the beer and non-alcoholic beverages segment has generated an increase of 15.08% or P23.84 billion in figures as its net income. The spirit segment’s net income went up to 74.92% or P1.05 billion in figures while its food segment’s net income took a jump by 18.38% or P5.64 million. Meanwhile, the firm had an P18.25 billion net income attributable to equity holders of the parent company in 2018. Its consolidated net income after taxes hiked by 8.17% or P30.53 billion from P38.23 billion in 2017. This was due to the increase in the company’s sales and gross profit across its segments mentioned above.