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NYSE, GRB - Gerber Scientific Inc.

Gerber Scientific, Inc. and its subsidiaries are hereafter collectively referred  to as the "Company" or the "Registrant."  Overview  Gerber Scientific, Inc. was incorporated in Connecticut in 1948. The Company is  a leading worldwide provider of equipment, software and related services in the  sign making and specialty graphics, apparel and flexible materials and  ophthalmic lens processing industries. The Company conducts business through  three principal operating segments. These operating segments, the principal  businesses within those segments and revenue by operating segment are as  follows:  Operating Segment Principal Business Revenue Percent of Total  (in millions) Revenue   Sign Making and Specialty Gerber Scientific Products $302 53%   Graphics and Spandex   Apparel and Flexible Gerber Technology   . ..

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Market Cap:276.25M
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Baby Stocks: 10 Ways to Grow Your Portfolio

Aug. 14, 2007 7:21 AM ETWMT, TGT, PG, JNJ, BMY, ABT, WYE, MAT, KMB, NSRGY



Is there a way to play the Baby Sector?

Here is a list of several companies which, to some degree, generate revenues from babies:

  • Target (TGT), is the fifth largest retailer in the United States, the fifth largest retailer of music, and the largest seller of gift cards. For babies, it sells toys, clothing, health products and bedding. The stock has a price earnings to growth ratio of 19, a PEG of 1.17, and a yield of 0.9%.
  • Wal-Mart (WMT) is the largest toy seller in the world, and is the largest private sector employer in the world. It controls approximately 45% of the retail toy business in the United States. It also sells numerous products for babies. The stock has a P/E of 16.7, a PEG of 1.17, and a yield of 1.9%.
  • Mattel's (MAT) , is the world's largest toy company based on revenues. Its Fischer Price division makes Babygear Products, including baby monitors, booster seats, bouncers, car seats, high chairs, play yards, strollers, baby swings, tubs, and potties. It also sells various Disney (DIS) Winnie the Pooh products, and various Sesame Street products. The stock has a P/E of 16.5, a PEG of 1.48, and a yield of 2.9%.
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KMB), is the manufacturer and distributor of Huggies disposable diapers, along with other paper products, such a Cottonelle toilet paper, and Kleenex tissues. The stock has a P/E of 18.24, a PEG of 2.14, and a yield of 3.1%.
  • Procter & Gamble Co. (PG) sells Pampers, the most popular brand of disposable diaper in the world, Dreft, a popular brand of baby laundry detergent, Luvs, a budget brand of disposable diapers, and numerous other personal care products. The stock has a P/E of 21.13, a PEG of 1.61, and a yield of 2.2%.
  • Nestlé (OTCPK:NSRGY), the Swiss company, owns Gerber Products Company, which is a major producer of baby food. As the manufacturer of Good Start, it is also the largest producer of baby formula in the world.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), is one of the Top 100 companies for working mothers according to Working Mother Media. Its division, Mead Johnson, manufactures Enfamil baby formulas, as well as Tri-Vi-Sol and ConvaTec infant vitamin supplements. BMY also makes numerous other pharmaceuticals and health care products. The stock has a P/E of 35.58, a PEG of 1.46, and a yield of 4%.
  • Abbott Laboratories' (ABT) division, Ross Pediatrics, makes Similac-LF (lactose free), Similac Advance, Isomil Advance and NeoSure Advance infant formulas. Abbott also makes numerous other health care products, and pharmaceuticals. The stock has a P/E of 43.35, a PEG of 1.63, and a yield of 2.4%.
  • Wyeth (WYE) makes Prevenar, the first and only pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for infants, and one of Wyeth's top revenue producers. It also has various brands of infant formulas, along with various types of pharmaceutical products. The stock has a P/E of 14.23, a PEG of 1.9, and a yield of 2.1%.
  • Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is well known for its JOHNSON'S Baby products division. J&J owns the, and the websites. It also makes AVEENO Baby wash and cream, Johnson's Baby Bath, Baby Wash, and Baby Bar, NO MORE RASH™ Diaper Rash Cream, Johnson's Baby Lotion, Baby Oil, Baby Powder, and Baby Shampoo. It even makes a Baby Cologne! The stock has a P/E of 17.02, a PEG of 1.98, and a yield of 2.7%.
  • Disclosure: The author owns MAT and PG.

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    United States to take military action on infant formula

    Problems with baby food in the United States provoked by the recall of a large manufacturer of products from a plant in Michigan after infecting four babies with subsequent hospitalization / TANNEN MAURY / EPA / TASS

    That the situation with access to The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on May 18 that children's nutrition, including medical nutrition, is generally threatening around the world. According to him, the cost of life-saving food for children who suffer from malnutrition will increase by 16% against the backdrop of the situation in Ukraine. In the next six months, 600,000 children around the world may be left without the necessary treatment, according to UNICEF. We are talking about special mixtures of high-calorie pasta with peanuts, butter, sugar and nutrients.

    The situation has become critical even in the USA. President Joe Biden on Wednesday, May 18, took emergency measures to facilitate manufacturers' access to ingredients for infant formula. The deficit was created due to a three-month suspension of production of this product by the leading company in the country's market and the fourth in the world - Abbott Nutrition after complaints of microorganism poisoning. To stabilize the situation with access to baby food, Biden applied the Defense Production Act (DPA), passed in 1950 against the backdrop of the Korean War.

    The use of DPA will allow prioritized redistribution of raw materials for the production of baby food and will create the possibility of accelerated import of products conforming to US standards from abroad by transport aircraft of US Department of Defense commercial contractors.

    Biden turned to this law after a group of congressmen, both Democrats and Republicans, turned to him with the corresponding demand on May 17. The appeal was supported by both houses of Congress.

    "Giving firms to prioritize and allocate production of key baby food ingredients will help boost production and speed up supply chains," the White House said in a statement. The US Department of Defense will use its commercial air freight contracts, "as it did to transport materials in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic," to transport products from facilities overseas. "Bypassing scheduled air travel routes will expedite the import and distribution of infant formula," the White House said in a press release. Previously, CNBC sources at the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) named Chile, Ireland, Mexico and the Netherlands as potential suppliers.

    600,000 children around the world

    could be left without needed treatment in the next six months, according to UNICEF

    Baby food problems in the US prompted a recall by Abbott Nutrition, a major manufacturer, of products manufactured at a plant in Sturgis, Michigan, in mid-February . This came after four infants were poisoned in a number of states after being infected with salmonella and the bacterium Cronobacter sakazakii and subsequently hospitalized, two of whom died. The FDA regulator had complaints about the production process at the company’s plant back in October 2021.

    The FDA and the manufacturer launched investigations, with the regulator ordering a recall of all Similac PM 60/40, Similac, Alimentum and EleCare brand blends that expired April 1, 2022. The company also had to suspend production for three months. No new cases of infection, with the exception of four in February, were recorded. On Monday, May 16, Abbott Nutrition reached an agreement with the FDA to allow production to resume at the Sturgis plant by hiring independent experts to ensure it is manufactured to approved standards. At the same time, the resumption of production does not promise to be fast. Abbott said it would take up to two weeks to reopen a Michigan facility and up to eight weeks for blends to be in stores across the US.

    Abbott Nutrition, along with Mead Johnson Nutrition, Nestle USA and Perrigo, are key US baby food manufacturers. During the first week of May, 43% of infant formula was out of stock and in stores across the US, according to Datasembly, a company that tracks retail data. This roughly corresponds to Abbott Nutrition's share of the US baby food market, according to USDA estimates. As of early 2022, Abbott Nutrition was also the world's fourth-leading baby food manufacturer, according to Industry Research.

    DPA appeared in 1950 and since then has been repeatedly supplemented, continuing to operate until now. In general, the idea of ​​the law is to give the President of the United States the right to require businesses to take actions that are necessary for national security, says Igor Slabykh, a lawyer practicing in the United States. And it is not only about military or economic security. Even such loose wording as "ensuring the national welfare" is also part of national security, Slabykh notes.

    The lawyer recalled that since the beginning of the law, it has been applied about 50 times and this has been done by almost every US president. Both Donald Trump and Barack Obama applied the law immediately before Biden, Slabykh says. Trump used the law to demand priority production of ventilators early in the pandemic. Obama used the law to counter cyber threats from China. Biden himself has also already managed to use the law to increase the production of protective equipment that is used during the pandemic, as well as to produce a vaccine against COVID-19., says the lawyer.

    The fact that Biden activated the Law on Defense Production speaks of an emergency, says Dmitry Suslov, deputy director of the HSE CCEMI. The shortage of milk formula is also associated with inflation - citizens simply sweep away the most important goods from the shelves. The problem of inflation is now of great concern to Americans, and it is precisely this that can become the main reason for the Democrats to lose in the midterm elections in November 2022, Suslov believes. In the fight against inflation, the Biden administration is failing, and it is no longer able to shift the arrows to Russia. Now Biden's rhetoric about "Putin's price increase" causes only irritation and laughter in the American public, the expert concludes.

    In Russia, as Kommersant reported citing sources, in early March, a threat of a shortage of infant formula was recorded. According to the interlocutors of the publication, baby food manufacturers, in particular Nestle, notified retail chains about the depletion of raw materials. They attributed this to the failure of supplies from Europe. In parallel, demand, according to the sources of the newspaper, then jumped by 250%. At that time, problems had already arisen with powdered milk mixtures, as well as fruit puree, the sources of the newspaper say. On March 6, Tatyana Butskaya, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Family, Women and Children, announced numerous complaints about rising prices for breast milk substitutes.

    On March 17, Rosstat announced an increase in prices for baby food by more than 4% in the first week of March alone. The Federal Antimonopoly Service then explained the rise in prices by the cancellation of promotions by manufacturers, thanks to which mixtures could be bought at a discount of up to 50%. In March, according to Rosstat, prices for children's canned vegetables increased by 7.2-12%. In April, a significant increase in prices for baby food was recorded in certain regions, for example, in the Sverdlovsk region in the middle of the month they increased by more than 7%, according to the regional statistical office. At the end of March, baby food manufacturers (Gerber, Nan Optipro, Nestogen) warned of a possible increase in prices for their products in Russia by up to 20–30% due to logistics difficulties amid sanctions.

    At the beginning of April, the newspaper reported on the emergence of another factor in the shortage of baby food. So, on April 11, Russia introduced tougher measures of veterinary control over the import of products into the country.

    However, by the beginning of May, the growth rate of prices for baby food in Russia as a whole slowed down to a range of 1%.

    Although there are supply chain and logistics problems that are common around the world, the problem with the lack of baby food in the United States is a local issue related to the problems of American production, says Mikhail Burmistrov, CEO of Infoline Analytics. In Russia, the price pressure obviously remains, the expert agreed, in the segment of dairy products, prices for baby food are growing. But there is no systemic shortage of infant formula, except for the moments associated with those companies that limited the supply of certain brands to Russia, says Burmistrov. The March rise in prices was largely associated in Russia with massive rush demand amid panic due to anti-Russian sanctions in connection with the situation in Ukraine. Now, according to Burmistrov, it is not systematically visible that there is a sharp deterioration in the situation.

    how the United States allowed a shortage of infant formula

    "Hungry children of the superpower" - articles with such headlines virtually flooded all the world's media. The fact is that in the United States for several months there has been an acute shortage of food for the smallest, and in May the volume of supply of infant formula dropped to catastrophic levels - almost twice.

    The crisis is so serious that in some regions of the country "artificial milk" is delivered by military aircraft from Europe, and the parents of others are offered to feed their babies ... with cow's milk, warning that it is dangerous. American mothers spend hours every day looking for baby food, diluting formula, and underfeeding their babies. What happened in well-fed America, and is the same going on for Russia?

    Lethal mixtures

    Experts from different countries are unanimous in their opinion: the causes of the crisis in the US baby food market are exclusively internal - monopoly in the economy, plus excessive, but, as it turned out, ineffective government regulation, as well as protectionism.

    It all started when, in the fall of 2021, four parents filed a complaint with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that their children had contracted a rare and dangerous bacterial infection, Cronobacter sakazakii, after taking infant formula. which resulted in death in two cases. Another application was filed by the parents of an infant who was hospitalized with E. coli Salmonella Newport.

    However, Abbott Nutrition, the largest manufacturer of infant formula in the United States, did not arrive until January 31, 2022. They found five different strains of Cronobacter there and identified serious food safety violations, or, as FDA Executive Director Dr. Robert Kaliff called them, "blatant unsanitary conditions": a leaking roof, standing water on the floor, and cracked production equipment.

    A photo: AP

    At the end of the review, in mid-February, Abbott Nutrition, remarkably, voluntarily recalled batches of goods from stores and suspended the production line until the problem was corrected.

    As a result, the country was left without a supplier for about 20% of all produced mixtures for many months. And since 90% of the American formula market is controlled by only four large companies - that same Abbot, Mead Johnson Nutrition, Nestle USA and Perrigo - the closure of even one plant has predictably led to a sharp reduction in production and disruption of supply chains.

    The scale of the disaster

    According to the Datasembly service, by the beginning of May, the shortage of blends in 11,000 US stores reached 43%. At the moment, already in 25 states, food for babies is not available in 40-50% of stores, and in five states - in more than half of the outlets. The mayor of New York at the end of May introduced a state of emergency in the city, prohibiting, in particular, retailers from raising prices for scarce goods. “We want to tell mothers and families who are struggling that our city will do everything in its power to help you get through this difficult time,” said Eric Adams.

    But parents of infants across the US continue to complain on social media, calling for media coverage and political action, posting photos of empty store shelves as the nation's infant formula shortage continues to worsen despite government encouragement.

    A photo: AP

    "The problem is exacerbated by supply chain issues, product recalls and inflation at historic levels," said Ben Reich, CEO of analytics firm Datasembly. Many retailers have already restricted formula milk sales. For example, CVS and Walgreens pharmacy chains reported that they now sell no more than three packs in one hand, Target supermarket - no more than four packs in one order when buying via the Internet. The FDA cites data that baby food manufacturers Gerber (USA) and Reckitt (UK) have increased the production of infant formula since the beginning of the year - by 50% and 30%, respectively. But this does not contribute at all to the way out of the crisis.

    According to experts, the main problem is that the manufacturers remaining in the US market do not make enough formulas, including for children with metabolic diseases, allergies and other conditions that require a special diet. News portal Minnesota Public Radio reports that due to nutritional problems, there are already cases of hospitalization of children in Tennessee, Georgia, Wisconsin and other states.

    Clearly, for a reason, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched an investigation into the shortage in the infant formula market. In its framework, the FTC intends to determine whether someone took advantage of the shortage of milk formula to inflate prices, whether anyone prevented this product from reaching regular stores, whether federal agencies unintentionally contributed to this shortage in any way, or state authorities.

    Helpless authorities

    On May 18, US President Joe Biden invoked the Defense Production Act, which allows businesses to be forced to fulfill certain orders, and authorized the use of Department of Defense aircraft to deliver products from abroad. It also required suppliers to ship ingredients to infant formula makers before any other companies.

    Why did Biden go to such extreme measures? Because the ability of the federal authorities to influence private business, especially urgently, is limited, experts state. In fact, the administration took advantage of its own experience in solving problems that it gained during the pandemic in 2020, when the country needed to increase the production of respirators, masks, ventilators and other means to combat COVID-19.

    A photo: Others

    Indeed, on May 23, the first plane landed at the Indianapolis airport (Indiana), delivering 35.4 thousand kg of Nestle lactose-free hypoallergenic food from Europe. But this supply can only cover 15% of the weekly requirement for such mixtures. Agriculture Minister Tom Vilsack, in an interview with NBC News, said that this amount would be enough for 9,000 babies and 18,000 toddlers within 7 days. Another batch of Nestle mixtures should be delivered from Europe to the United States by the logistics company FedEx - its plane with this cargo will fly from the Ramstein military base in Germany.

    The outrage of Americans knows no bounds. FoxNews journalists blame US Secretary of Health and Human Services Javier Becerra, who is in charge of the FDA, for the empty shelves: according to them, he did nothing for months.

    "Why does a person with zero experience in healthcare run the largest medical department in the country?" - outraged in live broadcasts a well-known leading and conservative political commentator Stuart Varney. “Another question arises: when did President Biden learn about the growing deficit? The aides must have told him about it. Is he being misinformed or is he dragging his feet again?” Varney demands an answer.

    A photo: iStock

    According to The Washington Post, Abbott CEO Robert Ford apologized for the shortfall and pledged to set up a $5 million fund to help affected families cover medical and living expenses until the supply crisis is resolved.

    It also became known that Abbot, who provoked the crisis, agreed with the FDA to reopen its plant in Michigan in early June. However, it will take six to eight weeks before retail mix deliveries start. Many experts and laymen advise America to resolve children's issues within the country and not to get involved in the affairs of other countries.

    Russia is safe

    After the closure of the US plant, Abbott Israel announced the withdrawal of mixtures of Similac Alimentum and Similac HMF (Human Milk Fortifier) ​​produced at the same Michigan plant. There are also representative offices of Abbott in Russia. In particular, the Russian Veropharm factories in the Vladimir region, Belgorod and Voronezh produce Dufalac, Duspatalin, Duphaston drugs - but these are medicines, not baby food, Mel writes.

    Abbott's main baby food brands in Russia are Similak, Similak Premium for healthy babies, Similak Hypoallergenic for children at high risk of allergies, Similak Low Lactose for lactose intolerant babies, Similak Antireflux, formulas for premature babies "Similak Special Care" and "Similak NeoSure", as well as a comprehensive and balanced diet "PediaSure", intended for children aged 1 to 10 years.

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