Private-equity Firm Interested in Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) Unit, Report

Bob Evans Farms, Inc. (BOBE) is up $1.54 to $47.48 in mid-day trading today on a further push for a breakup from activist shareholder Thomas E. Sandell.

According to a Bloomberg report, Sandell, who owns about 9.2% of the restaurant chain, made the announcement in a filing today saying a private equity firm may acquire Bob Evans’ sausage-and side-dish-making business. Several investments firms are also interested in the company’s real estate assets, New York-based Sandell said.

Approximately 560,740 BOBE shares have already changed hands, compared to the stock’s average daily volume of 506,664 shares.

On valuation-measures, shares of Bob Evans Farms, Inc. have a trailing-12 and forward P/E of 28.08 and 19.85, respectively. P/E to growth ratio is 2.47, while t-12 profit margin is 1.83%. EPS registers at $1.70. The company has a market cap of $1.12B.

On trading-measure, BOBE has a beta of 0.98 and a short float of 16.96%. In the past 52 weeks, shares of the full-service restaurant operator have traded between a low of $42.28 and a high of $58.99 with the 50-day MA and 200-day MA located at $46.06 and $47.42 levels, respectively.

BOBE currently prints a one year negative return of about 17% and a year-to-date return of 6.15%.

The chart below shows where the equity has traded over the last 52 weeks, with the 50-day and 200-day MAs included.

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