On Nov 14, 2016, Zacks Investment Research downgraded ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG - Free Report) to a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) from a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Going by the Zacks model, companies with a Zacks Rank #3 are likely to perform in line with the broader market over the next few quarters.
On Nov 10, 2016, ConAgra successfully divested its Lamb Weston business arm on the wake of becoming a high performing flexible organization. In order to capture the growing market demand for frozen potato products, the company has been undertaking various measures to reinforce its Lamb Weston trade.
For instance, the company’s $200 million Lamb Weston Richmond facility investment and the Lamb Weston/Meijer deal inked with Belaya Dacha, in Jun 2016, are expected to boost revenues going ahead. Notably, higher revenues and lower expenses are estimated to bolster the company’s margin growth trajectory in the quarters ahead. In addition to this, ConAgra’s latest acquisitions are likely to drive both the top and bottom lines over the long term.
Despite the above mentioned bullish aspects, we believe that ConAgra’s growth prospects might be partially offset due to certain headwinds.
The Zacks Rank #3 stock conducts its business in a highly competitive market. Stiff industry rivalry not only exposes the company to risks of margin loss, but also compels it to incur lofty research & development projects. We even notice that the appreciating U.S. currency has been weighing over the company’s international sales and increasing the competitive power of its smaller rivals in low cost nations.
Over the last 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for this Zacks Rank #3 stock has been revised downward for both fiscal 2017 and 2018. Share price of the company was $34.93 per share as of Nov 11, 2016.
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