Wells Fargo Starts The WhiteWave Foods Company (WWAV) at Outperform

January 30, 2013 8:51 AM EST
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Wells Fargo initiates coverage on The WhiteWave Foods Company (NYSE: WWAV) with a Outperform and $17-$19 valuation range.

The firm comments, "Our 2012E, 2013E, and 2014E EPS are $0.59, $0.71, and $0.86. Following October 2012's partial initial public offering (IPO) from parent Dean Foods Co. (a 13% equity issuance), WhiteWave offers investors a unique vehicle for participation in the robust growth of health and wellness food products. In our view, WhiteWave is positioned for an enviable +9% sales compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2015 behind strong brands and dominant market share in on-trend categories. Mix shift, efficiencies, and debt reduction support our expected +19% EPS CAGR. We anticipate a taxfree spin of Dean's remaining interest to shareholders soon after lock-up expiration on April 25, 2013."

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Shares of The WhiteWave Foods Company closed at $16.14 yesterday.

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