Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

Not Exactly Cheap, Post Holdings Still Has Some Appeal

Cheap stocks aren't always (or even necessarily "often") the best performers, and vice versa. I think that's worth remembering when looking at Post Holdings (NYSE:POST). Whether looking at EV/EBITDA, EV/revenue, ROE/PBV, or a discounted cash flow model, Post just doesn't seem very cheap and the stock has definitely been a strong performer in a sector that has weakened some in recent months.

I won't be surprised, though, if Post continues to stay fairly popular with the Street. Free of Ralcorp (now part of ConAgra (NYSE:CAG)), Post is emerging from a prolonged period of benign neglect and management has already shown its willingness to leverage the balance sheet to grow and diversify the business. Competition from Kellogg...

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