You might remember my article on two great pet companies from last year. The two pet companies I looked at in that article were PETS and WOOF. Both have done very well. PETS just reported earnings, beat the street and boosted the dividend. The stock just broke out over $20. WOOF is on a run to. I continue to believe this industry is a great long-term play. It's non-cyclical. Just look at the numbers in that BLS report in the article above. Some things worth repeating.
In 2011, households spent more on their pets annually than they spent on alcohol ($456), residential landline phone bills ($381), or men and boys clothing ($404).
Despite the recession, families continued to spend consistently on their pets between 2007 and 2011. Spending on pets stayed close to 1 percent of total expenditures per household, despite the recession that occurred during this time.
Spending on pet food stayed constant or increased during the recession, even while spending at restaurants fell. Married couples without children living at home spent the most on their pets out of any household configuration in 2011.
Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) is another good one in this business. Revenue growth is great and there is $129 million in free cash flow. The valuation is fair considering their growth. It ain't cheap but its growth at a reasonable price. The PEG ratio is about 1.6 and earnings forecasts have consistently been getting bumped higher. They report earnings tomorrow on the 10th. This is one to keep an eye on.
As more of a distressed play we have FreshPet (FRPT). This one has been beaten down for awhile. However, the analyst consensus is they will be swinging into profitability next year. I've seen the brand in Walmart so they have a fair chance at success.
I really hope the stock market has a semi-crash this year so I can buy a basket of all these pet stocks and any profitable pet or veterinary related company.
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