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Fomento Económico Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V.: Narrow-Moat Femsa’s Planned CEO Succession Should Not Impact Its Strategy or Our View

Symbols
FMX
Sector(s)
Consumer Defensive
Rating
Current Price
$71.51
Fair Value
Economic Moat
Stewardship
Summary

Femsa is a holding company with controlling interests in three entities: It owns a 47% economic and 56% voting interest in Coca-Cola Femsa, while wholly owning Femsa Comercio and CB Equity. CB Equity houses a roughly 15% stake in Heineken, while Comercio operates through three business units: proximity, which houses Oxxo, the largest small-format chain in the Americas, with convenience stores in Mexico and South America (including Brazil through a joint venture with Raizen); health, which operates pharmacies across a geographic footprint similar to Oxxo; and fuel, which operates retail service stations under franchisee arrangements in Mexico. Femsa also controls several other tangential businesses in the U.S., including logistics services and specialized distributors like WAXIE.

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Analyst Profile

David Swartz

Equity Analyst
David Swartz is an equity analyst in the consumer sector research group for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He covers consumer-focused companies in retail and apparel.Before joining Morningstar in 2018, Swartz worked as a money manager and equity analyst for a family office in the Seattle area. He also worked as an analyst and fund manager for three equity hedge funds in the San Francisco Bay Area.Swartz holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a master’s degree in economics from Yale University. He also holds a certificate in finance (investment management specialization) from UC Berkeley Extension.