POINT ROBERTS, WA--(Marketwire - Nov 27, 2012) - Investorideas.com, an investor research portal specializing in sector research for independent investors, issues CFA commentary on stevia stocks/agriculture stocks including Sunwin Stevia (
The Global Stevia Market Opportunity
Patrick J. Murphy
Sunwin Stevia International, Inc. is engaged in the production and sale of zero calorie, all natural sweeteners (Sunwin Stevia™ Extracts). With operations based in China, Sunwin has built an integrated global firm with the sourcing and production capabilities to meet the needs of consumers throughout the world. The Company's operations are organized into two segments -- Stevioside, sold globally, and Chinese Medicine products, sold within the PRC. Recognizing a global opportunity for all natural sweeteners, Sunwin is working with major international distributors in the U.S., EU and Asia Pacific including WILD Flavorsi and Domino Foodsii to develop and distribute stevia related products.
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|Recent Stock Price:||$0.23|
|Shares Outstanding:||167 million|
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SUWN's distribution agreement with WILD Flavors Gmbh partners the company with one of the world's leading producers of natural ingredients for the food and beverage industry. WILD's products are developed for use in a wide range of product applications, including bakery, beverage, confectionery, culinary, dairy, savory, snack and sweet. WILD's Sunwin Stevia™ can be integrated into multiple applications including foods, near waters, tea, carbonated soft drinks, fruit juice, hard candies, chewing gum and chocolate products. WILD manufactures product in facilities around the globe, with a 190,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility in Cincinnati, Ohio. Commenting on the agreement with WILD, SUWN CEO Dongdong Lin stated: "We believe that with WILD's expertise in flavor enhancement and their dominance in this space, both our companies are uniquely positioned to capitalize on the growing market trends towards healthier and natural food and beverage products."
The opportunity in the stevia market is driven by multiple trends including not only changing food preferences, but also medical needs, particularly for weight loss.
- The Organic Movement: According to the Organic Trade Association (OTA)iii, the US organic food and beverage market reached $29 billion, a 168% compound annual growth rate since 2000, but still representing only 4% of $673 million total food sales in the U.S. in 2010. This trend is illustrated in the data captured in the OTA's annual survey on the attitudesiv of U.S. consumers in which 78% of families reported purchasing organic food, 40% of families reported buying more organic food than the year before, and 72% reported being familiar with the USDA's Organic seal.
- The Rise in Obesity and Prevalence of Diabetes: According the American Diabetes Associationv, approximately 26 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, representing 8.3% of the population, with 1.9 million new cases in 2010. The high prevalence of diabetes is not surprising in light of the data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)vi, which reports that during the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high at nearly 36% of U.S. adults and approximately 17% of children and adolescents aged 2-19.
- Metabolic Syndrome Affects nearly 50 Millionvii in U.S. Aloneviii: As addressed by the National Institute of Health - "Metabolic syndrome is a name for a group of risk factors that occur together and increase the risk for coronary artery disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is becoming more and more common in the United States. Researchers are not sure whether the syndrome is due to one single cause, but all of the risks for the syndrome are related to obesity."
While this compelling market opportunity has attracted competitive products from some food industry titans such as Cargill, ADM, McNeill Laboratories, Ingredion Incorporated, PureCircle Limited, etc., the scale of their operations implies that the upside contribution from stevia related products is masked at least in part, by the other segments. Following are comments on some of the smaller stocks with stevia and related products or services as part of their operations:
- GLG Life Tech Corporation: On 11/14/12, GLG, whose business is the agricultural and commercial development of high quality stevia and all natural and zero calorie food and beverage products, reported $5.8 million in quarterly sales, a substantial increase over the prior year's quarter although revenue for the 9 month period was down 45% relative to 2011.
- Global Stevia Corp.: GSTV is a development stage company focused on maximizing the efficient production of stevia leaf. GSTV plans to expand operations by investing in the development of larger test plantations and the acquisition of large parcels of land to have a commercially grown, fully mechanized stevia plantation. Concurrently, GSTV plans to build out propagation labs to propagate and develop stevia varieties and cuttings. Through the period ended 8/31/12, GSTV had not reported revenue and the Company does not expect revenue in the upcoming year.
- Stevia Corp: STEV is a development stage company with plans to generate revenues by providing farm management services, the sale of inputs to stevia growers, the sale of stevia on its own farmed property, and the sale of stevia related products. STEV has reportedix that the Company expects significant revenue in 2013 subject to obtaining capital.
- Stevia First Corporation: STVF is engaged in the cultivation and harvest of stevia leaf and the development of stevia products. Through 9/30/12, the Company had not reported revenue.
- Stevia Nutra Corp.: STNT, focused on stevia agronomics including plant breeding, proprietary agricultural practices and post-harvest techniques. Through its fiscal year end, 7/31/12, STNT had not reported revenue.
- Sunwin Stevia International (SUWN): For the quarter ended 7/31/12, SUNW reported revenue of $3.2 million, approximately 77% of which was from the sale of stevia related products with the balance coming from the sale of Chinese medicines. Stevia revenue increased approximately 19% over the preceding year. For the 12 months ended 7/31/12, SUWN quarterly revenue ranged from $2.9 million to $3.6 million.
A recent reportx by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. (GIA) projects that the global artificial sweetener market will reach $1.7 billion by 2018 due in part to attention on weight loss and diet, development of foods for diabetics, increasing concern about dental care and volatility of sugar prices. With a history of stevia related revenue and a leading distribution partner in WILD Flavors, SUWN may be of interest to those looking for a medium through which to take a view on the prospects for the global stevia market.
Patrick Murphy Bio:
Patrick J. Murphy is the owner of Murphy Analytics LLC, a provider of sponsored research coverage on smallcap stocks. Mr. Murphy has nearly 20 years of capital markets experience providing institutional investment and transaction analysis across a range of asset classes including microcap equities, commercial real estate debt and equity, municipal derivatives and public finance, venture capital, fixed income, CMBS and mortgage REITs. In addition to his work with Murphy Analytics, Mr. Murphy also serves as a consultant to a municipal derivatives advisory firm. Mr. Murphy is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame (1991), with an undergraduate degree in Economics, and earned a Masters Degree in Finance from St. Louis University in 1997. Mr. Murphy is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of St. Louis.
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