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    [EN] Amazon to acquire grocery store chain Whole Foods





    Sarah Whitten
    June 16, 2017

    Shares of Whole Foods Market rocketed 28 percent on Friday after Amazon said it plans to acquire the grocery store chain for $42 a share, in a deal valued at $13.7 billion.

    Amazon's offer represents a 27 percent premium to Whole Foods' closing price on Thursday. With Whole Foods shares trading around Amazon's offer price, investors appear to be speculating that another suitor could make a play for the grocery chain.

    Among those who could potentially make a bid are Wal-Mart, who has been focusing its dealmaking on bulking up its digital business, and JAB Holdings, a private equity player that has been shifting its focus to restaurants and food and beverage businesses.

    Whole Foods has been under pressure from activist investor Jana Partners and money manager Neuberger Berman, which have called on Whole Foods to sell itself. The investors have criticized Whole Foods for its poor performance, and have suggested the chain could be merged with another grocer.

    Whole Foods attempted to placate Jana back in May by shaking up its board of directors. However the hedge fund balked, saying that newly appointed board members did not have the grocery store experience to spark a successful turnaround.

    Jana Partners did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

    "This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market's shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience and innovation to our customers," John Mackey, Whole Foods' CEO, said in a statement.

    Mackey will remain CEO of the grocery store chain after the deal closes, and the store will continue to operate under the Whole Foods brand.

    Amazon has long been pushing to expand its online grocery business, seeing it as an emerging opportunity. Currently, very few people purchase their groceries online even as more shoppers switch to buying other goods that way. About 12 percent of U.S. grocery shoppers bought their groceries online at some point in 2016, according to Cowen and Company.

    Millennials, in particular, were the biggest group of consumers to use online grocery shopping. last year. Older millennials, those aged 25 to 34, were twice as likely to buy online. This generation is starting to get married and have children, and will be growing their grocery spend over the next decade.

    "The brand is a good compliment to Amazon and would allow them to more aggressively target fresh food delivery to the at-home market," Darren Tristano, chief insights officer at Technomic, told CNBC.

    Some analysts had seen Wal-Mart being best positioned to compete in the next phase of growth in online shopping because it was going to be able to use its vast footprint of stores to help distribute products ordered online. Also, Wal-Mart has been successful with its so-called click-and-collect model, where shoppers order online but stop by the store to pickup their orders.

    Meanwhile, Whole Foods has been seen as a laggard in the online shift. Their stores tend to be in urban markets where there was an overlap with Amazon Fresh and Prime Now.

    But where the two companies differ is where consumers perceive them on price. Amazon is often associated with great value while Whole Foods has often been called "whole paycheck," due to its higher priced organic goods.

    "Amazon is known for its competitive pricing, and if it had bought a chain like Shoprite or Acme, it would have made more sense," Juda Englemayer, crisis communication and reputation management expert at HeraldPR, told CNBC in an email. "But Whole Foods is a store with generally very expensive real estate, and high prices, which is the opposite of what Amazon is all about, so it'll be interesting to see how Amazon brings Whole Foods into the fold and adapts to a completely different model."

    News that the e-commerce giant is buying Whole Foods sent grocery stocks reeling on Friday.

    Kroger sank nearly 16 percent before the bell. Supervalu dropped 11.5 percent while Costco dropped 6.5 percent. Sprouts Farmers sank 9.2 percent.

    "This is an earthquake rattling through the grocery sector as well as the retail world," Mark Hamrick, senior economic analyst at Bankrate.com, told CNBC in an email. "We can only imagine the technological innovation that Amazon will bring to the purchasing experience for the consumer. Now, we can see in hindsight that its recent dithering around the brick-and-mortar experience, as an experiment, was only a rumbling of the seismic event in the offing."

    Friday's decline adds to losses on Thursday, when grocery stocks sold off after Kroger's earnings revealed just how competitive the sector had become with food price deflation pressuring profit margins.

    Not only are grocery chains competing with each other, but also contend with non-traditional grocers like Target and Walmart, Mickey Chadha, Moody's vice president, told CNBC in an email. Now, these chains will face Amazon which has the means to price its goods aggressively.

    This will likely lead to consolidation in the supermarket space, Chadha said.

    The deal also throws into question a Sprouts-Amazon partnership for home delivery of groceries in certain markets. That partnership started in California and eventually was expanded to other markets, including Austin, Texas - Whole Foods' home town.

    Sprouts wasn't immediately available for comment.

    Shares of Amazon were up about 3 percent following the news. The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.

    — CNBC's Jeff Daniels contributed to this report.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/16/amazo...7-billion.html

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    Amazon buying Whole Foods is a no-brainer slam dunk

    Amazon fills one of its biggest holes by landing a major grocery chain.

    Jay Yarow
    June 16, 2017


    OK. Let's get a few things out of the way.

    I have not done a rigorous financial analysis of Whole Foods. I don't have a "model" looking at discounted cash flow. I haven't even bothered to look at its margins, or how much revenue it generates, or its operating income, or any of the key metrics that matter when you're about to analyze a $14 billion deal.

    With that out of the way, let me say: Amazon buying Whole Foods for $13.7 billion is a brilliant acquisition.

    Amazon was already positioned to be the dominant retailer of the next 100 years. One of the biggest pieces it was missing? Groceries. Whole Foods fills that hole in the portfolio.

    Whole Foods is a great brand that has one problem — it's known for high prices. (Whole Paycheck!) Amazon is a great brand that is known for low prices, and an insane focus on customers.

    A year ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos explained his business philosophy at the Code Conference. He said he finds the three things that will always matter to customers, and he focuses on them.

    "Over a 20-year time frame I predict that selection, price and delivery accuracy and speed will still be major drivers," Bezos said. "You know, it's impossible for me to imagine a customer 20 years from now saying, 'I love Amazon, I just wished you delivered a little more slowly,' or 'I love Amazon, I just wish you had less selection,' or 'I wish your prices were a little higher.'"

    Now, take that strategic outlook and apply it to Whole Foods. Who is going to beat Whole Foods? It sells great products, and it's a respected brand.

    If Amazon can drive down Whole Foods' prices and increase technological advantages — think drones, checking out without dealing with cashiers, etc. — it will be a slam dunk.

    There's a reason nearly every grocer is down on the news of this deal. Amazon is a fierce competitor. If you work in the grocery business, you're looking at what happened to bookstores, you're looking at what's happening to the retail industry, and you're thinking, "Uh oh, I'm next."

    Amazon had been dabbling with grocery stores, testing an "Amazon Fresh" concept where you could walk in, grab what you want and walk out. Amazon can now take that beta test and weaponize it with Whole Foods.

    This is going to be big.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/16/amazo...slam-dunk.html

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    After its stock pop, Amazon will get Whole Foods essentially for free

    Bob Pisani
    June 16, 2017

    For free? Well, if you consider the increase in market capitalization that Amazon is seeing midday, the answer is yes.

    Here's the math:

    Amazon is paying $13.7 billion in cash for Whole Foods.

    Amazon's stock was up roughly $32 and change mid-morning. There are 478 million shares outstanding, so Amazon's market cap has appreciated by about $15.6 billion today.

    So, you could argue, they are getting Whole Foods for free, and pocketing $1.9 billion as well.

    By the way, here's the joke going around trading desks on Wall Street: "Jeff Bezos said to Alexa, 'Buy me something from Whole Foods,' and Alexa bought Whole Foods."

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/16/after...-for-free.html

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    E agora além do AWS vai ter o WFWS(WholeFoods Web Services), marca #2 deles para online... toda a energia dos datacenters será renovável, toda a comida fornecida aos funcionários será orgânica, e custará só 50% a mais nos preços de tabela do AWS.

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