Why Metcash’s Share Price Fell Today

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What Happened to Metcash’s Share Price?

The share price of food and liquor wholesaler Metcash [ASX:MTS] was the largest decliner amongst the top 100 companies today. Just before the market closed, the stock price was down over 4%. The selloff continues a horrible 12 months for the stock, with the share price now down over 55% in a year.

Why Did This Happen to MTS Shares?

Today’s selloff came on no news from the company. It’s likely that the prior day’s weak trading update from Woolworths is the reason behind the price fall. The market increasingly sees Metcash as a company lacking strategic focus. It supplies groceries and fresh produce to the IGA stable of grocery retailers, who are doing it tough against the dominant brands of Coles and Woolworths. Also, new Entrant Aldi is gaining market share.

What Now for Metcash?

Metcash’s share price has been in a nasty downtrend, more or less, since it peaked at around $5.50 per share in mid-2007. Over the past year, the downtrend has picked up pace, with the share price now approaching $1.20. Today’s move lower marks a new long term low for the stock, which is a bearish sign. It suggests earnings pressure will persist for the company and an earnings downgrade is likely.

The best shareholders can probably hope for is a takeover or perhaps a breakup of the assets, but that might be a little optimistic until you see further, deep share price falls.

Unless you want to punt on some corporate activity, this one looks like a value trap.


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