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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
Matrix Ventures.
30 Sep 14 12:07:16
RT @NASDAQOMX: #LeadershipLessons from Doug Sanders, President and CEO of @SproutsFM! #NASDAQListed $SFM http://t.co/H147Ed5LeA
30 Sep 14 12:05:01
#LeadershipLessons from Doug Sanders, President and CEO of @SproutsFM! #NASDAQListed $SFM http://t.co/H147Ed5LeA
Major Finesse Record
30 Sep 14 09:52:27
RT @NASDAQ: #LeadershipLessons from Doug Sanders, President and CEO of @SproutsFM! #NASDAQListed $SFM http://t.co/h8O7BKzaNT
30 Sep 14 09:19:20
RT @NASDAQ: #LeadershipLessons from Doug Sanders, President and CEO of @SproutsFM! #NASDAQListed $SFM http://t.co/h8O7BKzaNT
30 Sep 14 08:22:25
RT @NASDAQ: #LeadershipLessons from Doug Sanders, President and CEO of @SproutsFM! #NASDAQListed $SFM http://t.co/h8O7BKzaNT
Patricia Woods
30 Sep 14 08:21:12
RT @NASDAQ: #LeadershipLessons from Doug Sanders, President and CEO of @SproutsFM! #NASDAQListed $SFM http://t.co/h8O7BKzaNT
Day Trade Alerts
30 Sep 14 08:19:47
RT @NASDAQ: #LeadershipLessons from Doug Sanders, President and CEO of @SproutsFM! #NASDAQListed $SFM http://t.co/h8O7BKzaNT
30 Sep 14 08:18:01
#LeadershipLessons from Doug Sanders, President and CEO of @SproutsFM! #NASDAQListed $SFM http://t.co/h8O7BKzaNT
Jake Yeager
29 Sep 14 17:11:22
$SFM testing lower boundary of rectangle. Could be decent short. Really weak over last year. http://t.co/VloGvyBpRF
28 Sep 14 09:18:38
@rangerdangermlb Love me some Sprouts!!! $SFM
Jake Yeager
27 Sep 14 11:43:56
$SFM Short on break below rectangle. Target 25 http://t.co/XmtlFcl3Gs
Blue Horseshoe
26 Sep 14 04:46:06
...Overweight rating & $62 PT for $KR & a Neutral rating & $38 PT for $WFM. $KR $WFM $TFM $SFM
25 Sep 14 16:58:27
Sprouts Stores Coming Soon. Look at the first one.. Seriously, $SFM ? https://t.co/mp3wlxv9cg
Wesley Harr
25 Sep 14 12:38:29
RT @LSFinancial: Call/Put Highest % volume changes: Calls: $PMCS, $ADSK, $SFM, $ALIM, $DXM. Puts: $HIL, $BWLD, $AGCO, $TMUS, $ITUB.
25 Sep 14 11:57:45
Call/Put Highest % volume changes: Calls: $PMCS, $ADSK, $SFM, $ALIM, $DXM. Puts: $HIL, $BWLD, $AGCO, $TMUS, $ITUB.
Charles V Payne
24 Sep 14 06:54:02
.@stephenmadonna maybe talking about share price down 39% but $SFM look very compelling and oversold to me, too @HilaryKramer @FoxBusiness
Boris Brdar
23 Sep 14 11:36:58
$SFM the lack of appreciation for the ulta list of accomplishments of this company doesn't make sense.
Boris Brdar
23 Sep 14 08:49:41
$SFM since ipo 13 months ago, no bull trend at all, however everything changes/
Boris Brdar
23 Sep 14 08:16:20
$sfm once sentiment improves, this has probably earned 20% upside, as many brokerage houses have told us this for months.
Sleek Money
23 Sep 14 06:40:44
Insider Selling: Sprouts Farmers Market SVP Sells 10,000 Shares of Stock $SFM http://t.co/0ficA9YVUh
Eric Diaz
22 Sep 14 17:44:46
RT @SeekingAlpha: Here's How Sprouts Farmers Market Stacks Up To Competitors http://t.co/tYoVPXXA9t $SFM $TFM $WFM
Roozbeh Pedramzad
22 Sep 14 17:41:52
$sfm lots of head fakes. It is time for this to explode higher- $32+ this week!
By  +Follow July 31, 2013 12:02PM



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