Mondelez (MDLZ) is a company most dividend growth investors should keep on their watch list. The snack giant was a part of Kraft Foods before the reorganization in 2012. Today, the company owns leading global cookie, cracker, and chocolate brands. However, despite the market leadership, the stock is little followed by SA authors and readers, which is a mistake. There are 3 reasons to buy and add Mondelez to an investment portfolio: rising margins, market leadership and wide moat, and disciplined capital allocation. In addition, Mondelez is a dividend growth stock, a Dividend Challenger, and slightly undervalued. I view Mondelez as a long-term buy.
3 Reasons to Buy Mondelez
Mondelez is a company becoming more profitable each year. As a result, gross, operating, and net profit margins have risen consistently since 2012. For instance, gross margins were slightly more than 37% in 2012, and today they are over 39%. Similarly, operating margins have risen from about 12% to more than 16%, while net profit margins have nearly tripled to 13%.
The company has successfully removed costs and extracted out inefficiencies. Mondelez’s cost of goods and selling, general, and administrative expenses have trended lower…
Market Leadership And Wide Moat
Mondelez is the global market leader in cookies and crackers. The company is also a significant player in chocolates and candies and owns market-leading regional and local brands. Mondelez has nine international brands including Oreo, belVita, Toblerone, Milka, and Cadbury. In addition, the company owns 65 smaller local and regional brands. Major local brands in the cookie and cracker markets are Wheat Thins, Ritz, Triscuit, LU, and Chips Ahoy. In the chocolate market, major local brands are Lacta, Alpen Gold, Marabou, Freia, and Cote d’Or…
Disciplined Capital Allocation
Mondelez has a disciplined capital allocation policy taking into account future growth and returning cash to shareholders. The priorities in order are reinvesting in the core business, growth-enhancing M&A, dividend growth & share repurchase, and debt payment…
The focus is on growth-driving future revenue and earnings growth. This focus is essential since dividend growth is dependent on both…
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Prakash Kolli is the founder of the Dividend Power site. He is a self-taught investor, analyst, and writer on dividend growth stocks and financial independence. His writings can be found on Seeking Alpha, InvestorPlace, Business Insider, Nasdaq, TalkMarkets, ValueWalk, The Money Show, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, and leading financial sites. In addition, he is part of the Portfolio Insight and Sure Dividend teams. He was recently in the top 1.0% and 100 (73 out of over 13,450) financial bloggers, as tracked by TipRanks (an independent analyst tracking site) for his articles on Seeking Alpha.