Amanda Gomez joined Reuters Breakingviews in January 2018. She previously held internships at CNN International and Argentina's Clarín newspaper. She has also worked as a business journalist at TheStreet.com covering the stock market and written about the food industry at trade publication The Food Institute. She completed her master’s degree at Columbia Journalism School in 2017 and has a bachelor’s in journalism and media studies from Rutgers University.
The meatless-burger maker reported first-quarter numbers only a hair better than it already estimated yet the stock, which had already quadrupled since its IPO a month ago, surged more than 15%. A $7 bln valuation is too hot – but then it’s the only item of its kind on the menu.
The plant-based burger maker is seeking a $1.5 bln valuation after raising its IPO target price by 20 pct. The eco-friendly business has developed a following among consumers. But with former investor Tyson entering the alternative-meat space, investors may have tastier options.
The consumer giant’s razor business, which it bought for $57 bln back in 2005, has been blunted by cheaper competition. Sales, profit and market share are shrinking. A new owner might be able to lavish more attention on Gillette, and leave P&G to focus on areas like healthcare.