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Until Associated British Foods spins-off Primark it is going to remain an avoid for me

Back in September last year I asked the question “is Associated British Foods (ABF) cheap or boring?”. My answer back then was the latter and since then the stock has fallen a further 15% to a share price level last seen in late 2012. So should we buy shares in the diversified international food, ingredients and retail (including Primark) group following its 24 weeks ended 5th March 2022 numbers out earlier today?


Is Associated British Foods cheap or boring?

Associated British Foods (ABF) is a FTSE 100 name that is ‘a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £13.9 billion, 133,000 employees and operations in 53 countries across Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia’. It has been years and years since I last owned the shares and despite it being a very diversified business with Grocery (Twinings and Ovaltine), Sugar (UK beet sugar factories typically produce well over 1 million tonnes of sugar annually), Agriculture (animal feed, nutrition- and technology-based products and offers data services for the agri-food industry), Ingredients (yeast and bakery ingredients production) and Retail (hello Primark). And with regard to the shareholder base, don't forget that '54.5% of ABF is owned by Wittington Investments. 79.2% of the share capital of Wittington Investments is owned by the Garfield Weston Foundation, which is one of the UK's largest grant-making charitable trusts'. Lots of history...and secure ownership makes a real difference.

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