Campbell Soup shares could be a bargain after decline: Barron's

FILE PHOTO: Cans of Campbell's Soup are displayed in a supermarket in New York City, U.S. February 15, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) - Campbell Soup Co CPB.N faces challenges but with its shares the cheapest they have been in years, the stock may be a bargain, Barron's said in an article on Sunday.

Campbell faces a grocery war. Walmart Inc WMT.N, Inc AMZN.O, dollar stores like Dollar General Corp DG.N and drugstores like CVS Health Corp CVS.N are vying to take share from traditional grocers, according to the article.

A recent squabble with Walmart over soup promotions cut into Campbell’s sales, but Barron’s said the grocery war was also a sales opportunity since Campbell plans to expand distribution through dollar stores and drugstores.

Campbell is expected to grow revenue by a fraction of 1 percent in its fiscal year through July, while increasing earnings per share by 2 percent, Barron’s said.

With shares trading below $42 earlier this month, their lowest since 2014, Barron’s noted, “The discount on shares may be too large to ignore.” Campbell shares closed at $43.61 on Friday.

Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Cynthia Osterman