A Japanese processed food company wouldn't necessarily stand out as a prime investment idea, given the sluggish growth prospects in the Japanese domestic market. Ajinomoto (OTCPK:AJINY) is an exception, though, in large part because of the company's efforts to position itself in growing emerging markets and improve the margins in its core Japanese market. Add in the potential for management to further revise and upgrade its non-food businesses and I think there is a credible case for bullishness here.
I'm expecting Ajinomoto to leverage low-single-digit revenue growth into mid-single-digit FCF growth, supporting a fair value about 5% to 10% higher than today's price. The liquidity for Ajinomoto's ADRs is not great, though, and I would encourage investors to consider the Japan-listed shares (2802.T) as a much more liquid option.
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Ajinomoto Continuing To Shift Toward Growth And Margins