Danone due diligence.

Oto Suvari
4 min readSep 28, 2020


Hatchworks has conducted due diligence on Danone, a leading global food & beverage company that is built on the following product lines:

  1. Essential Dairy and Plant-Based Products — 52% of Danone’s revenue.
  2. Waters — 18.2% revenue.
  3. Specialized Nutrition — 29.8% revenue.

Danone was founded in 1919 and has sold products to over 120 markets. Comprising a diversified portfolio, Danone includes many popular and well known brands such as Activa, Actimel, Alpro, Vega, Silk and many more. Danone aims to inspire healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking practices.

Headquartered in Paris, France, Danone is listed on the Euronext Stock Exchange, under the symbol ‘’BN’’.

Financials — Danone
(Source: Marketscreener.com, investing.com)

Current market cap is €35.4B and stock price is around €55.

With a predicted net-income growth of 15% for 2020E and 2021E, and a net income estimate for 2021E of in excess of €2.2B, this points to a P/E ratio of 16x. The revenue/sales forecast is €24.7B for 2021E, indicating an EV/Sales ratio of 1.96x.

In terms of profitability, an operating margin of 14.6% is predicted for 2021E. This is slightly lower than some of Danone’s competitors; for example, Pepsico (PEP) has an operating margin of 15.8% for 2021E.

Danone (BN) is a yielding equity with a decent yield of 3.73% for 2021E.

Updated 14–09–2020.

In July 2020, Danone (BN) invested €100M to strenghten its ‘’Specialized Nutrition’’ in China. These investments include the opening of an open-science research centre based in Shanghai, the acquisition of local infant milk formula capabilities, and the expansion of capacity to further develop food for people whose nutritional requirements cannot be met by normal foods.

Also, by 2025, Danone (BN) aims to become one of the first multinational companies to obtain B Corp certification. Certified B corporations are for profit companies that use the power of business to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

According to our analysis, Danone (BN) has a good dividend yield, and solid growth prospects. Combined with the fact it operates in a defensive sector, Hatchworks will maintain its position.

The Hatchscore is out 5.6 of 10. Full details can be found on Hatchnet: www.hatch-net.com/companies

What is Danone?

A leading global food & beverage company, founded in 1919. It has sold products to over 120 markets. Comprising a diversified portfolio, Danone includes many popular and well known brands such as Activa, Actimel, Alpro, Vega, Silk and many more.

Big Investors:

  • The Vanguard group.
  • Massachusetts Financial Service Co.
  • First Eagle Investment Management, LLC.
  • Norges Bank Investment Management.

Advisors and Bookrunners:

  • Barclays.
  • HSBC.
  • Citigroup.
  • Natixis.
  • J.P. Morgan.

What are the risks?

  • The covid-19 pandemic could potentially have a significant impact on the company’s employees, commercial partners and operations, and therefore by default the financials and profitability too.
  • Danone is still heavily dependent on plastic. It is possible therefore that once the new plastic waste legislation comes into force, costs of plastic will rise. As a result, this could hurt Danone’s profitability.
  • Danone’s businesses are directly related to nature and agriculture, so it is possible climate change could affect the long-term sustainability of Danone’s operations.


  • Nestle (NESN).
  • General Mills (GIS).
  • Kellog Company (K).
  • Pepsico (PEP).

Management team:

  • Emmanuel Faber: Chairman & CEO.
  • Bertrand Austruy: Executive VP, Human Resources & General Secretary.
  • Cecile Cabanis: Executive VP, CFO, Technlogy & Data, Cycles & Procurement.

The Hatchworks Team

The forecast figures are based on the data of Marketscreener.com, and not from hatchworks: https://www.marketscreener.com/quote/stock/DANONE-4634/financials/

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Oto Suvari

Heading up the group’s R&D activities for Hatchworks.