Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) files for an IPO in a bid to raise $300M. The company booked $1.8B...


Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) files for an IPO in a bid to raise $300M. The company booked $1.8B in sales in 2012 after being acquired by Apollo Global Management (APO -2.7%) in 2011 only to be merged with Henry's Farmers Market and Sunflower Farmers Market. With 150 stores natural/organic stores up and running already, and IPO cash coming in, the development gives Whole Foods Market (WFM +0.2%) something to think about. (S-1).

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  • ericmcarter
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    Leon Black just finished telling the world they are selling everything and what they can't sell they are refinancing at low rates. The company even filed a secondary offering this morning on their own stock at Apollo. Would you buy something from someone who is openly telling you they are clearing house?
    10 May 2013, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • Yaron Ron Reuven
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    organic sector is running hot, and will only get hotter as catalysts such as being the highest margin part of food sector, Non GMO change coming to US, consumers becoming more conscience, and higher volume leading to normalized pricing vs. non organic food, only serve as some of the over all industry catalyst, while some companies within sector have their own individual catalysts. The best part is that each one of these catalysts is a major game changer, specifically the GMO which is a permanent life changer that can multiply industry revenues by 10x in the next 5 years. .My favorite is still STKL, which not only the cheapest out of the entire industry using any measure of valuation, but also has most catalysts beyond normal ones available to rest of industry. check out my thesis and recent article on it at http://bit.ly/10zIGUS Full thesis is within one of the links.
    10 May 2013, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • ilpd
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    I suggest a little more investigation, calling sprouts a natural and organic food source is not correct. They have little of either and what they do have is overpriced. They dim compared to Trader Joe's and WFM. Sorry to disagree. As far as gmo, sprouts does not tout it much when it comes to the gmo king-corn.
    23 Jul 2013, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    My favorite place to buy groceries, ironically let's hope it's not ruined by going public.

     

    That said will be watching with interest.
    10 May 2013, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • awaterman
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    An artistic surfer investor.
    11 May 2013, 05:31 AM Reply Like
  • awaterman
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    As an investor in Sprouts, I am wondering how to evaluate whether it is a hold for growth or to sell when the IPO comes out and my stock becomes unrestricted.
    11 May 2013, 05:32 AM Reply Like
  • chuckgaul
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    I work for Sprouts and see them doing a lot of things right. Our customers are some of the most loyal shoppers I've ever seen. I have over 35 years experience in the Retail Grocery business and feel that investing in SFM will be a win.
    26 May 2013, 11:54 PM Reply Like
  • poolguy123
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    May I know when I can start officially buying the shares of this up and coming company?I am very interested to see it go public soon. Does anyone know which month,date and year this grocery chain is going to be listed?
    30 Jun 2013, 03:02 PM Reply Like
  • Number Cruncher
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    Sprouts' revenue per square foot is 1/2 of Whole Foods (see Motley Fool Article). That said, Whole Foods is either going to come back in grocerie price to the new competitors or else face losing customers.
    22 Jul 2013, 08:59 PM Reply Like
  • sproutie
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    I too work at Sprouts Westlake in CA, starting my second year. Our customer base is growing daily. As for prices, on sale or not, our customers rave about the product. We have customers that drive a distance and always ask, when are we opening in there area. The biggest fear is...The customers hope we do not loose what has made us so successful.
    For those of you that have not shopped Sprouts, why not? The meats and produce are fantastic! The Bulk department including the bulk spices are a big hit.
    Enough said, I think I spend more then I make. It should be a win-win.
    29 Jul 2013, 01:11 PM Reply Like
  • Derek A. Barrett
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    I see customers dancing to the music sometimes, like they are happy to be there. Seems like a pretty solid delivery. My favorite is the bulk stuff like you said except sometimes you get ninjas getting some freebies like it's a sampler lol
    29 Jul 2013, 02:04 PM Reply Like
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