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Dole Food Company, Inc Common S Message Board

  • philippians4and13 philippians4and13 Oct 10, 2012 3:49 PM Flag

    Buying now is better than more than $28 million of Murdock's purchases

    I initiated a position today. Buying now is a lower price than Chairman Murdock paid for more than $28 million of his purchase in August. Also, according to Yahoo Finance there has been no insider selling by anyone since 12/2010.

    If you believe the economy will grow amidst increased inflation for physical assets/commodities, then this food sector is a good one for you. If you believe the economy will stay flat or even drop, the food sector is still a good one for you, IMHO.

    DOLE's PEG ratio is 1.33 vs. 1.84 for the industry average. Its P/S ratio is 0.16 vs. 0.58 for the industry average. The P/S ratio is especially nice because of course it is harder to use crafty (though legal) accounting to increase sales than it is to use such accounting to increase earnings. This is not to say DOLE uses crafty accounting: Indeed, institutional holder like AllianceBernstein, Robeco Investment, and Sterling Capital exist, as well as Vanguard.

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    • Book value was -230m (excluding intangibles) before the deal .. After the deal
      Book value is about $12 a share

      So now trading at book value with about $1.25 eps a year ..

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      • Many do believe that consumer staples, such as stocks in the food industry, will hold up better if the economy stays flat or drops than the typical stock.
        As for Zoomlik's comment about his book value calculation, I appreciate Zoomlik's humility in stating his calcuation could be wrong. First, Zoomlik reports he/she excluded intangibles. It is unwise to exclude all intangibles on a brand so well-known as Dole. Dole's name has significant value in the fruit industry and, IMHO, also in the veg industry. One associates Dole with a clean, safe product rather than a bargain basement product that might be sold by a less easily-located company that didn't care much about tort claims ever filed against it or about its reputation being sullied. Second, Jim Cramer's research, led by a Harvard honors graduate with Wall St. experience, suggests a much higher value, definitely at least $15/share. It reflects the Cramer team's view after the spin off announced in Sept. Read it if you wish, freely available via hyperlinks at Yahoo Finance under "News" if you type in the ticker symbol DOLE. Third, S & P recently evaluated Dole financially. Although S & P did not raise Dole's credit rating post-spin off, S & P did change the outlook to positive from its basic neutral category.

        If you profit from buying DOLE, please consider sharing some of the profit with a charity. Best wishes,

      • Then again I could be wrong in my calculations