Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Sanford Limited engages in farming, harvesting, processing, storing, and marketing seafood products.

Snowflake Analysis

Flawless balance sheet average dividend payer.

Share Price & News

How has Sanford's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: SAN has not had significant price volatility in the past 3 months.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




NZ Food


NZ Market

1 Year Return




NZ Food


NZ Market

Return vs Industry: SAN exceeded the NZ Food industry which returned 3.4% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SAN underperformed the NZ Market which returned 21.9% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-0.6%1.6%0.3%
30 Day-3.2%0.6%-0.2%
90 Day6.7%2.3%7.2%
1 Year22.2%17.7%4.7%3.4%26.9%21.9%
3 Year20.9%8.1%59.2%46.0%60.1%39.2%
5 Year96.2%60.0%119.0%79.3%98.3%54.2%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Sanford's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Sanford undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SAN (NZ$7.84) is trading below our estimate of fair value (NZ$14)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SAN is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SAN is poor value based on its PE Ratio (17.6x) compared to the Food industry average (15.8x).

PE vs Market: SAN is good value based on its PE Ratio (17.6x) compared to the NZ market (19.8x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: SAN is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (1.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SAN is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (1.2x) compared to the NZ Food industry average (1.2x).

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Future Growth

How is Sanford forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 3 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SAN's forecast earnings growth (14.4% per year) is above the savings rate (1.3%).

Earnings vs Market: SAN's earnings (14.4% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the NZ market (6.3% per year).

High Growth Earnings: SAN's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: SAN's revenue (5.8% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the NZ market (5.1% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SAN's revenue (5.8% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SAN's Return on Equity is forecast to be low in 3 years time (9.3%).

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Past Performance

How has Sanford performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: SAN has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: SAN's current net profit margins (7.6%) are lower than last year (8.2%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SAN's earnings have grown by 6.6% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: SAN's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.

Earnings vs Industry: SAN had negative earnings growth (-1.4%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Food industry average (-9.7%).

Return on Equity

High ROE: SAN's Return on Equity (7.1%) is considered low.

Return on Assets

Return on Capital Employed

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Financial Health

How is Sanford's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SAN's short term assets (NZ$164.4M) exceed its short term liabilities (NZ$114.4M).

Long Term Liabilities: SAN's short term assets (NZ$164.4M) exceed its long term liabilities (NZ$118.7M).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SAN's debt to equity ratio (23.6%) is considered satisfactory.

Reducing Debt: SAN's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 32.7% to 23.6% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: SAN's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (35%).

Interest Coverage: SAN's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (7.8x coverage).

Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: SAN has a high level of physical assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: SAN's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 1.2x debt).

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What is Sanford's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market


Current dividend yield vs market & industry

Notable Dividend: SAN's dividend (2.93%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the NZ market (2.87%).

High Dividend: SAN's dividend (2.93%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the NZ market (5.53%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: SAN's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: SAN's dividend payments have not increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (51.6%), SAN's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: SAN's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (34.5% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Volker Kuntzsch 0



Mr. Kuntzsch Volker, MSc has been the Chief Executive Officer of Sanford Limited since December 2013. Mr. Volker's distinguished international career in the fishing industry spanning 25 years. He served as ...

Leadership Team

Volker Kuntzsch
Chief Executive Officer6.2yrsno data0.0050% NZ$36.4k
Jit Hui Chia
Chief Financial Officer5.4yrsno datano data
Karen Duffy
Chief People Officer0yrsno datano data
Andre Gargiulo
Chief Customer Officer4yrsno datano data
Stuart Houliston
Financial Controller0yrsno datano data
Dean McIntosh
General Manager of Risk and Corporate Affairs0yrsno datano data


Average Tenure

Experienced Management: SAN's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.4 years average tenure).

Board Members

Robert McLeod
Independent Non-Executive Chairman1.1yrsNZ$78.75k0.0091% NZ$66.6k
Peter Kean
Independent Non-Executive Director5.2yrsNZ$100.52k0.0053% NZ$39.2k
Peter Goodfellow
Non-Executive Director13.8yrsNZ$90.00k0.30% NZ$2.2m
Peter Cullinane
Independent Non-Executive Director1.1yrsno data0.013% NZ$94.1k
Fiona Mackenzie
Independent Non-Executive Director0.08yrsno datano data
Abigail Foote
Independent Non-Executive Director2.1yrsno data0.013% NZ$94.1k


Average Tenure

Experienced Board: SAN's board of directors are not considered experienced ( 1.6 years average tenure), which suggests a new board.


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: SAN insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Sanford Limited's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Sanford Limited
  • Ticker: SAN
  • Exchange: NZSE
  • Founded: 1881
  • Industry: Packaged Foods and Meats
  • Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco
  • Market Cap: NZ$733.088m
  • Shares outstanding: 93.51m
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Sanford Limited
  • 22 Jellicoe Street
  • Freemans Bay
  • Auckland
  • 1010
  • New Zealand


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SANNZSE (New Zealand Stock Exchange)YesOrdinary SharesNZNZDJan 1992
SARD.FOTCPK (Pink Sheets LLC)YesOrdinary SharesUSUSDJan 1992


Sanford Limited engages in farming, harvesting, processing, storing, and marketing seafood products. It operates through Wildcatch and Aquaculture segments. The company catches and processes inshore and deep water fish species, as well as farms, harvests, and processes mussels and salmon, as well as oyster. It also provides auction, wharf, and research services; and retails and wholesales seafood. The company operates in New Zealand and Australia; Europe; North America; Japan, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and the rest of Asia; Africa; the Middle East; the Pacific; and internationally. Sanford Limited was founded in 1881 and is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2020/02/19 10:33
End of Day Share Price2020/02/18 00:00
Annual Earnings2019/09/30

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.