Foods & Inns Ltd

http://www.foodsandinns.com/

Foods and Innsis a multi-locational manufacturer and exporter of a range of processed Tropical fruits pulps, purees and vegetables with state of the art factories in Mumbai, Chittor, Valsad, Sinnar and Gonde (Nasik).

Our principal divisions are Aseptic, Canning, Spray Drying and Frozen fruits, IQF vegetables and snacks.

Our manufacturing facilities are managed by an expert team of food technologists who measure all the critical parameters at each stage of the production process to ensure meeting quality requirenment of customers. Our premium varieties of fruits and vegetables are sourced from the Ratnagiri, Valsad, Nasik, Mysore and Chittor regions, where we have our qualified agronomists who check on the quality of raw materials received by us and assists farmers in their horticulture program.
Total Capacity : 100,000 MT +
Manufacturing Facility : 7 (Mumbai 1, Nasik 2, Valsad 1, Chittoor 3)
Warehousing Facility : 8 ( Domestic and International)
Ownership : Public Limited.
Principal Division : Aseptic, Canning, Frozen and Spray dried.
Certifications : IS0 22000, CSR, SGF, USFDA, Halal, SGP, Kosher

1940s : Started with canning facilities to supply canned foods to the Allied Armed forces during world war II.
1971 : The Company went public and created facility for spray dried Egg powder to supply Indian armed forces which was the 1st in South East Asia .
1983 : Company diversified into manufacturing tropical fruit pulps with the first fully automated canning lines.
1995 : Setup frozen fruit and vegetable lines in Nasik to take advantage of the growing demand for ethnic snacks and vegetables in international markets.
1999 : 1st in India to install skid mounted, PLC operated Aseptic processing and packaging line.
2001-2007 : Added 5 more Aseptic processing lines with Concentration facilities during next 6 years.
2008 : Setup a new Aseptic Processing facility exclusive for Alphonso and high Aroma single strength Purees. The plant layout and design was done with the technical assistance of a leading Japanese Group.
Same year we initiated the NPOP(Organic Mango) program for Alphonso Mango.
2010 : Certified By Control Union (NL) for Organic Alphonso Mango tree
2011 : With the commissioning of new concentration line in Southern division we have doubled the capacity.

Amit

Management is a very big concern.

Check the list of violations & non-compliance of one of the directors Mr. Milan Dalal (related to other promoter Bhupen Dalal) and his entities.

  • Companies not traceable at the last known address(BSE)
  • Collected money from public in money circulation schemes by making tall promises of high returns (RBI)
  • Indulged in creation of artificial market and price manipulation through structured, synchronized transactions and financing
  • deals in scrip of Jagsonpal Pharmaceuticals Limited (SEBI) (Same charge repeated for multiple promoter entities on multiple scrips)
  • Executed matched/structured trades (same charge repeated for multiple entitites on multiple scrips)
  • Multiple companies were debarred / restrained / suspended by SEBI on accessing capital markets
  • Used exchange mechanism in order to meet financial obligations.
  • Default in payment of loans (Multiple Banks)

These are listed on their offer document. http://www.foodsandinns.com/pdf/draft_letter_of_offer.pdf

44+ issues were listed in 2012 and not sure on the count now or about the activities of other promoters. Curious and the brave can dig more for more colours on their recent activities. Sample was enough to turn me off.

Disclaimer: Not to be construed as advice. Not holding any positions. Please do you due diligence.

~ Bramha

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Hi Amit,

I am tracking this share. Industry potential is huge. Main customers are pepsi and also others. But promoters were involved in some scam in past before 2000. But looks like they have come back strongly, but have to check this more before investment. Any recent info on promoter quality is welcomed. Few links …

Thanks

Disclosure: Not invested.

Thanks Bramha and Anandbhai

Stock is trading at low p/e as compared to peers, management concern could be the reason.

Disc : hold small quantity

Thanks

Amit

Amit,

I am a fresher here, but even to my eyes there is not enough information. You have presented a story with no numbers or critical analysis, PE is not the sole criteria.

Sanjay

Mr Damani bought on April 12, 2019 @ 184 per share approx.
The share has been ex bonus from April 30, 2019.
Which means, post receiving bonus shares (2 shares for each 1 held i.e. 2:1), the acquisition price of Mr Damani comes down to 61 (almost 1/3rd, right?).
The share is available right now (as on 30th Aug) at ~ 45. That means it is available 25% cheaper (with compared to Mr Damani’s acquisition price).
Forum members following this company pls comment your views regarding the long term prospects of the company.

Disc : Not invested yet.

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Foods and inn is looking very good. The company has recenct formed JV to extract pectin from the residual.

Foods and inn is going to be listed on NSE from 16th Nov 2021

Any receny update on this company?
With recent good results, raised 210 cr from marquee investors ,Mathew cyriac also invested, good capex, PLI beneficiaries… l
But I have read about the negative reviews about management in this thread (2015 post).
If anyone has studies please share your views especially about the management
Thanks
Disc : tracking position

Despite all negatives, this co has performed good.
After pref, promoters’ holding will go down to 30% from 42%.
Half of promoters holding is with dhupelia family, for which I havnt found any negative yet. Utsav dhupelia was actively involved in this co as per old presentation, and now his son ameya dhupelia (who was CFO, then UK head) seems taking interest in company. Not much info available outside…,
But yes recent developments are interesting.

Some interesting recent updates:

Edit:

Preferential allotment has done today to non promoter entities

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Food & Inns looks like a very interesting business, given the large downstream investments and tailwinds in the sector. Company’s diversification into Pectin (high gross margin & an import substitute) and focus on B2C is looking promising. However, not sure why they’re planning to get into Mini-QSR, plant-based meat etc.

I attended their 2022 AGM. Some notes from it:

  • Profitability unaffected by mango prices → passed on to customers.

  • Demand from Europe remains very strong (unaffected by the Russia-Ukraine crisis) and is higher than the current capacity.

  • Tomato pulp → China has the largest market share but there is a shift towards domestic sourcing.

  • Guava pulp → market growing substantially. Lots of upstream capacities.

  • Intend to put F&I mango pulp on retail shelves in the next few years.

  • 2 years ago, exports contributed to 70% of revenues. However due to higher container prices and fungible capacities at F&I, the domestic market had higher revenue share this year.

  • Pectin is a high gross margin business → only conversion cost (electricity cost). Earlier had to incur a cost to dispose of the waste.

  • Very briefly mentioned about plans in plant-based products (plant-based meat?)

  • They are testing waters with the mini-QSR (which they described as something between street food and QSR). Ticket size between Rs. 100-150. Looking at 100 sq. ft outlets serving ready-to-eat food.

  • One shareholder asked them to elaborate on the frequent insider trades/invocation of pledge recently and the CFO denied this. (Strange, because there have been a few filings about insider trades and invocation of pledge, recently. Wondering why would they want to deny this?)

  • Debt-equity → will always keep it under 2x.

  • Looking to take ROCE over 20% over the next few years.

  • Succession planning - No such plans but looking at talent acquisition.

  • Tetra Recart - Advanced trials with MNCs. Packaging for consumer products.

  • Continuing to see strong growth in the domestic market. Coke and Pepsi are growing 22% and targeting a doubling of capacity in the next 4 years (because a shift towards packaged food/beverage is gaining momentum?). F&I are also planning capex in line with this.

  • Competitors aren’t faring well (which explains gain in market share this year) - Capricorn in NCLT and Jain Irrigation facing some issues too.

  • Kusum Masala - Plan to convert to a private limited company. Will also focus on the domestic market, but projecting more growth in exports. Plan to make this a sizable business in the next few years. (does the fact that they’re focussing on exports imply that they’ll be focussing more on higher margin blended spice mix?)

  • Tetra Recart - Is an advanced solution compared to Tetra Pak - cost-efficient, space-saving and eco-friendly.

  • Expanding cold room capacity - Increasing efficiency and cost-saving in the frozen food business.

  • Tetra Recart (Rs. 35-40 crores) and Pectin (Rs. 15 crores) - I am not sure if these are capex or revenue figures.

  • This year’s revenue growth attributed to three reasons - growth in the Indian beverage Industry, competition operating at a low-level and “tied-up” contract manufacturing.

  • India currently imports 95% of its pectin requirement and it is majorly from China. The landed cost of imported pectin from China is Rs. 1200-Rs. 1400/kg, while it’s Rs. 750-900 for F&I (I am not sure if this figure is based on actual production cost or an estimate of cost, but sounds quite encouraging either ways).

  • Pepsi, Mala and Mapro have approved lab test results for Pectin. They see a large use case.

  • First putting up a 150 MT pectin plant in Chittoor.

  • See an opportunity to expand in other mango growing countries. Also looking to manufacture Pectin using Banana peels.

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