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IPO Report: Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM)

By  +Follow July 31, 2013 12:02PM
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Sprouts Farmers Markets ($SFM) is a specialty food retailer that competes with Whole Foods (WFM) , Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage (NGVC) , Trader Joes and some Target markets.  SFM stores are clustered in the southwest.

As of July 19, 2013, SFM had 163 stores located in eight states.

SIx other IPOs were scheduled for the week of July 29. The full IPO calendar can be found at IPOpremium.

SFM is based in Phoenix, AZ, and scheduled a $278 million IPO with a market capitalization of $2.16 bilion at a price point mid-range of $15, for Thursday, August 1. 2013.

S-1 filed July 22, 2013

Manager, Joint Managers:  Goldman; Credit Suisse; BofA Merrill
Co-Managers:  Apollo Global; Barclays;Deutsche; UBS; Guggenheim; Wolfe Research Securities


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SFM is priced at a price-to-sales and P/E discount relative to WFM and NGVC.


Buy SFM on the IPO.

Half the stores were not Sprouts Stores

In 2002, Sprouts Farmers Markets, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company opened the first Sprouts Farmers Market store in Chandler, Arizona. In 2011, SFM was formed when Sprouts Arizona combined with Henry’s Holdings, LLC,  which operated 35 Henry’s Farmers Markets stores and eight Sun Harvest Market stores. 

The Henry’s Transaction was led by investment funds affiliated with, and co-investment vehicles managed by, Apollo Management VI, L.P. The Apollo Funds are affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC.  In May 2012, SFM acquired Sunflower Farmers Market, Inc., which operated 37 Sunflower Farmers Market stores.

There were 80 non-Sprout stores which are now being marketed as ‘Sprout’ stores, out of 154 total stores as March 31, 2013.


SFM’s business is subject to modest seasonality. Average weekly sales fluctuate throughout the year and are typically highest in the first half of the fiscal year. Produce, which contributes 25% of net sales, is generally more available in the first six months of the fiscal year due to the timing of peak growing seasons.


Competition includes conventional supermarkets such as Kroger and Safeway, as well as other food retailers such as Whole Foods, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and Trader Joe’s.  In some markets Target is also a competitor.

5% stockholders pre-IPO

Apollo Funds, 52%
SFM Liquidating Trust, 36%
KMCP Grocery Investors, LLC, 7%

Use of proceeds

SFM expects to net $248 million from the IPO from selling 17.7 million shares.  Shareholders expect to sell 797,785 shares.

Proceeds are allocated to repay debt.

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Results for SFM
1 Sep 14 19:00:52
Although there is some indecision in the charts I like the "good supermarket" basket here. This is not a fad. $WFM $TFM $SFM
Business Updates
1 Sep 14 16:45:55
$SFM: UPDATE: Wedbush Initiates Coverage On Sprouts Farmers Market http://t.co/EOE4O3pGFN http://t.co/zmklEN3BW7
Business News Watch
1 Sep 14 15:46:18
$SFM: Sprouts Farmers Market Announces Pricing of Public Offering by Selling Stockholders http://t.co/xachC96TRl http://t.co/DBKD4QPwWf
1 Sep 14 15:10:25
$SFM Seeing it for the first time right now, $WFM has nothing to worry about...this place is like a Publix. Trader Joe's is even better.
1 Sep 14 08:57:49
Sprouts Farmers Market : to Present at the Goldman Sachs 21st Annual Global Retailing Conference http://t.co/NUPwJ53OFo $SFM
Ticker Report
29 Aug 14 10:32:11
Sprouts Farmers Market CFO Amin N. Maredia Sells 45,000 Shares $SFM http://t.co/UZLtjFNHP7
DDR Corp.
29 Aug 14 07:40:15
.@Webush starts @SproutsFM at Outperform on strong runway for new store/market share growth: http://t.co/C7D1Pn0A6F #retail #REITs $SFM $DDR
29 Aug 14 02:50:42
Sprouts Farmers Market Receives New Coverage from Analysts at Wedbush $SFM http://t.co/hGGJWZlEeA
Stock News Guru
28 Aug 14 16:46:10
$SFM: Investor Stock Updates: McDonald's Corporation (NYSE:MCD), Sprouts Farmers ... http://t.co/aOcFXAgOM1 http://t.co/DScHbPNnWr
Stock Signaling
28 Aug 14 15:31:31
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Teresa Go
28 Aug 14 15:11:40
@pennyjgo @janlouisgo sitting inside Sprouts Farmers Market $SFM, like you said enjoying the free air conditioning .
28 Aug 14 13:51:53
@harfangcap Just a reminder to all: 8/6/2013: $SFM completes its IPO, selling shares for $18.00. Why pay moar? @BarbarianCap
28 Aug 14 13:14:34
@_KarateBoy_ This report is mind-boggling. He really hammers the negative industry trends but somehow $SFM will rise above? #FantasyLand
28 Aug 14 08:58:14
While Whole Foods Wilts, Other Organic Food Sellers Bloom http://t.co/qLNHLNpjVF via @daily_finance $WFM $SFM $AMZN
Stock News Guru
28 Aug 14 07:46:22
$SFM: Specialty Food Retailers Rise On Heels Of Fresh Market Q2 Results http://t.co/rx7CjQKKBQ http://t.co/4X865bdSjb
TheStreet Alerts
28 Aug 14 06:49:44
How Will Sprouts Farmers Market $SFM Stock React To This New Coverage? http://t.co/PfacdZIrqZ
28 Aug 14 06:44:06
Stock Signaling
28 Aug 14 02:31:15
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US Banking News
27 Aug 14 16:55:01
Sprouts Farmers Market CFO Amin N. Maredia Sells 45,000 Shares $SFM http://t.co/DZAXK44F9e
Sleek Money
27 Aug 14 16:45:21
Sprouts Farmers Market CFO Amin N. Maredia Sells 45,000 Shares $SFM http://t.co/RvCoThO4Yz
Market Compass
27 Aug 14 15:45:52
$SFM: Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results http://t.co/cusRFTbM7e http://t.co/phL6NBuXM0
US Banking News
27 Aug 14 15:35:44
Sprouts Farmers Market Now Covered by Analysts at Wedbush $SFM http://t.co/M9L1HGPg7x
Stock Signaling
27 Aug 14 15:31:20
Upgraded Stocks Active After Hours: $JPM $PGR $AFSI $BMO $ARUN $ICPT $ACHN $MBI $SPLK $ARE $SFM $TFM $QUNR $SEP $DB http://t.co/Vtx6dLy0Nw
Sleek Money
27 Aug 14 15:23:07
Sprouts Farmers Market Coverage Initiated by Analysts at Wedbush $SFM http://t.co/UdLNnN6Noe
27 Aug 14 15:20:08
Amin Maredia N., Chief Financial Officer of Sprouts Farmers M Sells $1,370,012 Worth of $SFM - #Form4 ... - http://t.co/GucFTSiqwN
Analyst Ratings
27 Aug 14 15:19:07
Sprouts Farmers Market initiated by Wedbush at neutral. http://t.co/9YvYjMNc5c $SFM #SFM
Ticker Report
27 Aug 14 15:14:47
Sprouts Farmers Market Now Covered by Analysts at Wedbush $SFM http://t.co/PpMxp6cWXK
US Consumer News
27 Aug 14 15:12:54
Sprouts Farmers Market initiated by Wedbush at neutral. http://t.co/u8FSbgtNrO $SFM #SFM
Wedbush Securities
27 Aug 14 13:43:52
Wedbush initiates coverage on $SFM @sproutsfm
27 Aug 14 13:35:43
Wedbush Starts Sprouts Farmers Market $SFM at Outperform, Other Organic Grocers Rated Neutral $WFM ... http://t.co/YKBzoPDhKm
Stock News Updates
27 Aug 14 11:46:03
$SFM: Stocks Trading Actively: Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (SFM), The Gap Inc. (GPS ... http://t.co/Knoe9RTj4j http://t.co/2UhEZrh8g1
BullTrade Corp.
27 Aug 14 11:05:21
Specialty food worth a shot here, charts setting up well. $SFM $TFM $WFM
27 Aug 14 08:58:00
@CAMAR024 What's your take on $SFM? Thinking about getting some calls on a pb. Like the company. Think it will outpace $WFM in growth.
27 Aug 14 04:35:43
Bullish MACD Crossovers 2/2 $KOPN $LPI $MDRX $MM $MNKD $MPEL $NGD $SEIC $SFM $TMUS $WAG http://t.co/MszBzN5iBs
Stock Signaling
27 Aug 14 02:31:25
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26 Aug 14 21:12:10
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Stock News Updates
26 Aug 14 16:46:05
$SFM: Stocks Trading Actively: Sprouts Farmers Market Inc (SFM), The Gap Inc. (GPS ... http://t.co/Knoe9RTj4j http://t.co/MpZPD3clmh
Stock Signaling
26 Aug 14 15:31:14
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26 Aug 14 15:18:20
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Brattle St. Capital
26 Aug 14 14:03:31
@_KarateBoy_ @BarbarianCap I like $SFM in theory as a short but am worried they really are taking share from $WFM + KR/SWY
26 Aug 14 13:58:58
@BarbarianCap The Apollo secondary knocked the wind out of $SFM. Stock has barely moved since then while market rallies. Why pay moar?
Stock Signaling
26 Aug 14 02:31:11
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Business Headlines
25 Aug 14 20:45:57
$SFM: Technical Pointers on Food Retail Equities -- Whole Foods Market, SUPERVALU ... http://t.co/8CfH6DMcVA http://t.co/UIK8mfGAh7
True To You Services
25 Aug 14 20:21:04
Specialty Food Retailers Rise On Heels Of Fresh Market Q2 Results $FWM $SFM $TFM http://t.co/PUEoPfNY54 #glutenfree #vegan #allnatural
Roozbeh Pedramzad
25 Aug 14 17:19:58
$wfm $sfm these two stocks are ready for a rally. Prices will be head higher in the Fall as shoppers choose organic, healthy food options.
Stock Signaling
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Stock Signaling
25 Aug 14 14:31:14
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