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Whole Earth Brands (FREE) is ‘Very Cheap’ Says Maran Capital

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Jose Karlo Mari Tottoc
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Maran Capital Management LLC, a value-driven, concentrated, long-term investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 14.8% was recorded by the fund for the Q4 of 2020, outperforming its S&P 500 benchmark that delivered a 12.15% return, but below its Russell 2000 index that returned 31.4%. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Maran Capital Management, in their Q4 2020 Investor Letter said that they continue to hold their position in Whole Earth Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: FREE) because of the 'Buy & Build' strategy of the company. Whole Earth Brands, Inc. is a multinational food company that has a $461.1 million market cap. For the past 3 months, FREE delivered a decent 43.63% return and settled at $11.99 per share at the closing of February 2nd.

Here is what Maran Capital Management has to say about Whole Earth Brands, Inc. in their investor letter:

"Whole Earth Brands announced two acquisitions during the fourth quarter, furthering its buy and build strategy. I continue to believe FREE is very inexpensive at ~8x EBITDA (pro forma for the acquisitions) in a world in which many packaged food peers (including those with low/no growth) trade for 12-16x multiples. Whole Earth Brands is aligned with the mega consumer trend of health and wellness and is growing across its portfolio. I think eventually the market will take notice."

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Last October 2020, we published an article telling that Whole Earth Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: FREE) was in 23 hedge fund portfolios, its all time high statistics. FREE delivered a 17.47% return in the past 12 months.

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