1. Whole Foods Could Use the Help of an Activist Investor to Whip it into Shape

    Whole Foods Could Use the Help of an Activist Investor to Whip it into Shape

    Fighting off new competitors, lawsuits over pricing fraud, and poor earnings have...

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    1. Whole Food's strong cash position, strong operating cash flows, strong brand equity, and long-term unit growth potential could attract the attention of an outsider (e.g., activist) – and, an outsider could be the force needed to enact change at Whole Foods.
    2. WFM's merchandise margins (ex-LIFO, ex-rent) are well above its publicly traded specialty food retail peers.
    3. Today, the market for natural/organic food has increased dramatically, attracting many more competitors – including some truly large disruptors including both Kroger and Costco.
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