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Investment Overview for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (NYSE:GMCR)
Below are key drivers of Green Mountain's (GMCR) value that present opportunities for upside or downside to the current Trefis price estimate for GMCR:
K-Cup Portion Packs
- Single Serve Portion Packs Sold: GMCR has witnessed a substantial increase in its K-Cup sales since 2006, it increased from 1.1 billion in 2008 to 9.8 billion in 2013. We expect the K-Cup business to witness a moderate growth rate in the coming years, touching 24 billion by the end of the forecast period. In case K-Cup penetration increases at a faster pace through partnerships with leading coffee companies and crosses the 30 billion mark by the end of the Trefis forecast period, there could be an upside of 15% to our estimate for GMCR's stock. On the other hand, if the K-Cup Portion Packs sold witness a modest growth and reach only 20 billion mark by the end of the forecast period, there could be a 10% downside to the Trefis price estimate for the stock.
- Average Price of A Single Serve Pack: The average price of the K-Cup Portion Pack has increased from $0.22 in 2008 to $0.33 in 2013. In 2011, GMCR increased prices of K-Cup Packs to offset higher green coffee and other input costs. Going forward, we expect the average price of K-Cup Portion Packs to increase moderately.
In case, the average price increases at a faster rate due to cost pressures and reaches $0.50 by the end of the forecast period, there could be an upside of more than 15% to our estimate for GMCR's stock. On the other hand, if the average price growth falls due to intense competition in the single serve coffee segment and stays at $0.35 by the end of the forecast period, there could be a downside of around 8% to the Trefis price estimate for GMCR's stock.
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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) is engaged in the specialty coffee and coffee maker businesses. It sells more than 200 varieties of K-Cup portion packs. Apart from offering a variety of brands of coffee and tea, it also produces and sells hot apple cider, iced teas, hot cocoa and other dairy-based beverages.
The firm manufactures and sells the Keurig single-cup brewing system for use with K-Cup portion packs. Under the Keurig brand name, it offers a variety of commercial and home use brewers based on features and size for the Away From Home (“AFH”) channel and for the At Home (“AH”) channel.
K-Cup portion pack brands include Barista Prima, Caribou Coffee, Celestial Seasonings, Dunkin’ Donuts, Kahlua, Coffee People, Gloria Jean’s, Donut House Collection, Starbucks and Millstone, among others.
In 2013, more than 90% of its consolidated net sales were attributed to the combination of K-Cup portion packs and Keurig single-cup brewers as well as related accessories which include K-Cup portion pack storage racks and baskets, a K-Cup reusable cartridge, and brewer carrying cases.
In 2014, the company changed its name to Keurig Green Mountain and the beverage giant Coca-Cola acquired company's 16% stake . Later in 2014, the company is planning to release its more advanced brewer system, Keurig 2.0 along with its cold beverage brewer system, Keurig Cold. The introduction of additional brewer platforms could provide a stable revenue source for Keurig Green Mountain.
Driving single cup brewer adoption rates
GMCR's growth strategy involves developing and managing marketing programs to drive Keurig brewers adoption in North American households and offices in order to generate ongoing demand for K-Cup portion packs. It sells its AH brewers at prices which are approximately at cost or sometimes at a loss when factoring in the incremental costs related to sales. This is done in order to drive the sales of profitable K-Cup portion packs. Overtime, GMCR expects brewers to contribute a smaller percentage of total revenues relative to K-Cup portion packs. This is expected to positively affect operating margins.
Strengthening of distribution channels
GMCR has been involved in a series of initiatives to strengthen its distribution channels. In the last four years, it did many strategic acquisitions wherein it acquired Timothy’s Coffees of the World in 2009 through which it acquired the rights to the Timothy’s World Coffee brand and its wholesale business, as well as licensed brands Kahlua and Emerils. It also acquired Diedrich Coffee in May 2010 and Quebec-based coffee services company Van Houtte in September 2010. This helped GMCR to effectively reach consumers in the southern California region and to take advantage of manufacturing and distribution synergies in that region.
In February 2011, GMCR entered into a manufacturing and distribution agreement with Dunkin Brands. In March 2011, it entered into a strategic partnership with Starbucks for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks and Tazo tea branded K-Cup portion packs.
In February 2014, Coca-Cola acquired 16% of its stake and entered into a joint venture to develop a new brewer system for cold beverages, Keurig Cold. With this initiative, the company will be entering into a much bigger cold beverages market.
We believe a strong and a robust distribution channel is very essential for GMCR's long term growth.
Coffee market poised for growth
According to a recent study by the National Coffee Association of USA, approximately 41% of 18-24 year old drink coffee daily. This is down from 50% in 2012. There is still a growing thirst for specialty coffee beverages. The growth in single-serve coffee packet formats has also been phenomenal. In the US, coffee is the second largest beverage segment following soft drinks.
Growth opportunities within single serve segment
Single serve coffee formats, a category that was in the nascent stage approximately 5 years ago, has witnessed impressive growth rates in recent years. The single-serve market has been a major growth driver of the overall coffee industry in the U.S. According to International Coffee Organisation, global coffee consumption reached 146 million bags in 2013 with a compounded annual growth rate of 2.1% over the last three years. Although single-cup coffee sales still account for almost 50% of the volume of regular coffee, research company Mintel group has forecasted this segment to rise to an estimated $3.1 billion this year.
According to a recent study by the National Coffee Association of USA, penetration is growing in the single serve arena at an average of 1% per year. The single cup market in the U.S. is dominated by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters with its proprietary Keurig K-Cup brewing system. In the past years, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks also launched the single cup coffee formats.
Competition intensifying within coffee industry
The competition in the single-serve coffee segment is intensifying with many companies interested in grabbing a share of the growing market.
Starbucks entered this segment with the launch of its coffee maker Verismo. This development has been posing a huge threat for GMCR. Moreover, retail giant WalMart introduced the Esio Beverage System, a more reasonable line of brewers at its stores in 2012.
Keurig Green Mountain is frequently joining hands with its small competitors to reduce its viable threats and come out as a bigger brand. Recently, in March 2014, Keurig Green Mountain and Peet's Coffee & Tea entered into a multi-year manufacturing and distribution agreement to launch Keurig licensed Peet’s varieties in K-Cup packs for Keurig brewers.
Highly fluctuating coffee prices
Coffee prices are dependent on various factors including weather, economic and political issues in coffee-producing nations. For the past one year, coffee prices have exhibited volatility. Increasing coffee prices could have an adverse impact on the GMCR's margins since coffee is its key raw material. We believe that in the coming years due to inflationary pressures and volatile prices of Arabica coffee, GMCR might have to resort to increasing prices of K-Cup Portion Packs.
Trefis Forecast Rationale for Single Serve Cup Packs Sold
GMCR sources, produces and sells coffee, hot cocoa, teas and other beverages in K-Cup portion packs. These are sold to supermarkets, club stores and convenience stores, restaurants, office coffee distributors and also
directly to consumers in the United States.
GMCR has witnessed a substantial increase in K-Cup packs sold since 2009. In absolute numbers, they have increased from 1.9 billion in 2009 to 9.9 billion in 2013. In 2012, the figure rose more than 35% to 8.1 billion K-Cups. Th growth continued in 2013 as the volume surged to 9.9 billion K-Cups.
Going forward, due to more advanced brewers, introduction of new Keurig Cold and distribution deals with major coffee and retail brands, we expect them to increase at a significant rate, exceeding 24 billion annually by the end of the forecast period.
Trefis considered the following factors for its forecast
- Distribution deals with major coffee brands
- Over the last six months, Keurig has entered into several distribution deals with some of the top retail chains and coffee brands, such as Nestle, Krafts Food Group, Subway and Coca-Cola, with the motive of accelerating its top line growth.
- With some of the top coffee brands, such as McCafe, Nestle, Starbucks, Cafe Bustelo and Harris Teeter, the sales of K-Cups might rise.
- Keurig already offers its consumers the ability to choose from over 200 varieties of K-Cup portion packs. It K-Cup portion pack brands include some of the prominent brands including Caribou Coffee, Dunkin' Donuts, Kahlua, Starbucks, Diedrich Coffee, Millstone, Gloria Jean’s, Café Escapes and Coffee People.
- More the number of brands, more the available choice for consumers and effectively increase in volume of portion packs sold.
- Partnership with renowned brands
- GMCR's partnerships with renowned brands helped it in creating additional K-Cup products that eventually helped in augmenting consumer demand for the Keurig single cup brewing system.
- In 2011, the firm entered into a multi-year manufacturing and distribution agreement with Dunkin' Brands, Starbucks and Tazo tea.
- GMCR and Starbucks further expanded Starbucks K-Cup portion packs and Keurig single-cup brewing systems to Starbucks stores in the latter part of 2012, giving a wider reach to GMCR's distribution capabilities.
- GMCR has really been keen on developing good partnership opportunities with other firms which might further boost the demand for these portion packs.
- Growth opportunities within the single serve segment
- Single serve coffee formats, a category that was in the nascent stage approximately 5 years ago, has witnessed impressive growth rates in recent years. The single-serve market has been a major growth driver of the overall coffee industry in the U.S. According to International Coffee Organisation, global coffee consumption reached 146 million bags in 2013 with a compounded annual growth rate of 2.1% over the last three years. Although single-cup coffee sales still account for almost 50% of the volume of regular coffee, research company Mintel group has forecasted this segment to rise to an estimated $3.1 billion this year.
- The single cup market in the U.S. is dominated by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters with its proprietary Keurig K-Cup brewing system. In the past year, Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks also launched single cup coffee formats.
- Focus on innovation and R&D
- GMCR is focused on continued innovation both in single serve brewing systems and beverage development. The company has planned to release its new version of brewers: Keurig 2.0 later this year. Keurig 2.0 will have far more better features than its previous version. An increasing sales in Keurig brewer will translate to increase in volume of K-Cup packs.
- The company is also releasing its Keurig Cold in second half of 2014. The hype regarding the brewer has already increased demand for the brewer, which could add incremental volumes to the cup packs.
- Volatile economic conditions
- GMCR could benefit from volatile economic conditions as customers would prefer home and office coffee brewers over other expensive options like McDonald's and Starbucks. These home brewers result in significant savings for customers.
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- Highly fluctuating coffee prices
- Coffee prices are dependent on various factors including weather, economic and political issues in coffee-producing nations. Increasing coffee prices could have an adverse impact on GMCR's margins since coffee is its key raw material.
- Increasing competition
- The competition in the single-serve coffee segment is intensifying with many companies interested in grabbing a share of the growing market. Starbucks entered this segment with the launch of its own coffee maker, Verismo. This development has been posing a huge threat for GMCR.
- Retail giant Wal-Mart introduced Esio Beverage System, a more reasonable line of brewers at its stores.
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