AVI: Brands on the run, even at the JSE’s best food company

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AVI: Brands on the run, even at the JSE’s best food company

You know the economy is in the utter doldrums when a company filled with everyday favourites starts battling

Chris Gilmour

By common consent in the investment industry, AVI is the best-run food company on the JSE. But this current grinding downturn has eventually affected this star performer, resulting in headline earnings per share declining by 5% in the year to June 2019.

“The overriding feature of these results is the impact of a low-demand economy”, said CEO Simon Crutchley.

AVI’s latest annual results  were royally summed up by analyst Anthony Clark of Smalltalkdaily Research: “You know the economy is in the utter doldrums when the prince among domestic food stocks is reduced from its long-earned aristocratic status to a mere baronet. Until these results, an earnings decline was unthinkable for such a blue-blood.”..

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