Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Investopedia: Mondelez Isn't As Good As Nestle, But Priced Like It Is

While I realize that Wall Street typically prices stocks on the basis of what investors believe a company will look like in the future, I'm still surprised by the relative valuations that come out of the process. Take the case of Mondelez (Nasdaq:MDLZ). This company is focused on multiple growth areas in the packaged food space (and has a large developing market exposure) and does indeed post better growth than many of its peers, but the overall combination of growth and margins wouldn't normally seem to argue for valuation on par with Kellogg (NYSE:K) or Nestle (Nasdaq:NSRGY). Consequently, although I do expect Mondelez to do well relative to its sector in terms of reported growth, I continue to believe that valuation is already too steep.

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