Goodman Fielder

Goodman Fielder provides an investing conundrum: it has some apparently great brands but can’t seem to make much money out of them. In the past two financial years it has recorded net losses after taking charges of around $300m each year. But even before the charges, operating margins around 10% are pretty uninspiring. The trouble is that while Goodman Fielder has some great brands, they’re great brands that compete against other great brands for space on the shelves of mighty retailers – alongside their own store brands. There are also too many of them, which spreads the impact of...

Goodman Fielder provides an investing conundrum: it has some apparently great brands but can’t seem to make much money out of them.

In the past two financial years it has recorded net losses after taking charges of around $300m each year. But even before the charges, operating margins around 10% are pretty uninspiring.

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