Shares of Whole Foods Market, Inc. NASDAQWFM have gained about 9 percent since November 4, when
The report said the investor cited issues with Whole Foods’ poor inventory and vendor management, high costs and failure to make the most of its unique appeal to millennial shoppers.
Earlier, this month, Whole Foods eliminated the co-CEO structure and appointed John Mackey as CEO.
Activist Involvement Likelihood
In this scenario, Karen Short of Barclays said there are two questions that need to be answered to assess the likelihood of an activist becoming involved:
Though the recent
As a result, the analyst believes Whole Foods would collaborate only with an activist, who understands and preserves the company culture, while initiating remedial measures with a greater sense of urgency.
“Given these parameters, we think finding the right activist "partner" could prove to be challenging,” Short wrote in a note.
It is clear that Whole Foods is in a transition phase amid slowing growth and deteriorating fundamentals.
“At this point, transitioning to a "Stable Staple" is the best option available to create value. Said differently: WFM should make business decisions that embrace maturity,” Short continued.
Short has an Equal Weight rating on the stock, with a target price of $30.
Shares of Whole Foods closed Thursday’s trading at $30.94.
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