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Intoxicated by the illusion of upside in MGP Ingredients' whiskey story, investors ignore accounting issues, 60-70% downside potential

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Matthias Knab, Opalesque:

Ben Axler of Spruce Point Capital Management writes on Harvest Exchange:

With shares up nearly 1,000% and now trading at historic valuation multiples since selling investors on a transformation to a branded liquor producer, investors should be extremely cautious.

  • Substantial new whiskey/bourbon capacity coming to market in 2017. Diageo, a material customer close to completing a new $110m distillery, could cancel/reduce its supply contract, or compete directly with MGPI.
  • MGPI's recent brand introductions appear to be flops, and it must turn over its ballooning inventory, otherwise face a liquidity crunch. It has no cash, record debt and insiders are selling.
  • Accounting warning: New language in footnotes suggest possibility of material adjustments required. In 2016, MGPI is also quietly restating 2015 related party purchases and sales figures, after the CFO resigned.
  • MGPI is valued at peak multiples (assumes it's already a successfully branded liquor company). In reality it's a pure commodity company. At 1x sales and 14x-16x p/e, we see 60-70%.
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