Disclosures

Farmer Brothers Co.

We, Kara Anderson and Ian Corydon , certify that this report reflects our personal beliefs about this company and that no portion of our compensation was, is or will be directly or indirectly related to the specific recommendations or views discussed in this report.

Disclosure

  • B. Riley & Co., LLC does and seeks to do business with companies covered in its research reports.
  • A portion of this analyst’s compensation is based on the sales, trading and investment banking activities of B. Riley & Co., LLC.
  • B. Riley & Co., LLC makes a market in the securities of the company covered in this report.
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Initiated Coverage on 09/24/14 with a Buy Rating and Price Target of $31.00

Ratings Distribution as of March 27, 2017
Rating Number of Companies Percent of Total Number of Companies with
Investment Banking Relationships
Percent of Total
Buy 158 67.8% 19 8.2%
Neutral 74 31.8% 1 0.4%
Sell 1 0.4% 0 0.0%
Total 233 100% 20 8.6%

Explanation of B. Riley & Co. LLC's Rating System

  • Buy: We generally expect "Buy" rated stocks to materially outperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly attractive.
  • Neutral: We generally believe "Neutral" rated stocks will perform roughly in line with the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 over the intermediate and long term.
  • Sell: We generally expect "Sell" rated stocks to materially underperform both the S&P 500 and Russell 2000 as well as other stocks in their sector. Further, we believe that the potential reward relative to the potential risk is particularly unattractive.

Risks and Considerations

  • Commodity Costs - Should commodity prices for the Company's resources increase, the Company's operating margins could be harmed.
  • Competition - The industry is highly competitive and many of the Company's competitors have greater resources.
  • Economy - Macro-economic issues such as increasing oil and gas prices and a possible drop in consumer spending could have a negative impact on the Company's business.
  • Financial Results - The Company has a history of operating losses. Although the Company is focused on achieving profitability, there are no assurances that the Company will meet its goals or be able to sustain profitability in future periods.
  • Freight costs - Increases in freight costs caused by high gasoline prices or other factors could cause margin erosion or lost market share if the Company raises prices.
  • Insider Ownership - Directors and executive officers collectively own a significant percentage of the Company. While this may align interest with other shareholders, investors might view a future sale by any director or officer negatively.
  • Inventory risk - Depending on market conditions, the Company's gross margins could come under pressure if market prices quickly fall within a three to five week time frame.
  • Labor - The Company has a large number of full-time employees and is party to several collective bargaining agreements that cover some of these employees. Additionally, the Company is facing rising labor costs.
  • Pension Fund Liability - The Company's pension is currently under funded due to lower than expected investment returns over the last three years. The amount the pension is under funded by will fluctuate from period to period depending on the rate of the Company's investment return.
  • Pricing Pressure - The Company's business could be affected by pricing pressure within the market.
  • Product Concentration - A large percentage of the Company's revenues are from one line of products. Any weakness in those sales would have a significant negative impact on the Company's results.
  • General Industry - The Company could miss our estimates and/or their financial guidance.
  • Further Potential Risks - See the Company's SEC filings, particularly its 10-K filing, for a discussion of further potential risks.