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Edenred, Sodexo Shares Surge on Rejection of Commission Caps in France

EditorVenkatesh Jartarkar
Published 10/17/2023, 09:31 AM
Updated 10/17/2023, 09:31 AM
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On Tuesday, shares of Edenred (EPA:EDEN) and Sodexo (EPA:EXHO) experienced a significant rise after France's competition authority dismissed a proposal to impose limits on commissions for meal-voucher issuers. This development is part of an ongoing antitrust review spearheaded by Olivia Gregoire, France's Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Edenred, in particular, has a history of high earnings quality, with free cash flow exceeding net income, and has consistently increased its earnings per share. This is according to InvestingPro Tips, a valuable resource for investors. The company has also maintained dividend payments for 13 consecutive years, raising its dividend for the last three years, which could be a contributing factor to the positive market response to the news.

In lieu of enforcing commission caps, the regulatory body proposed mandatory digital vouchers and bolstered negotiation power for restaurants as potential solutions to the issues plaguing the meal-voucher market. This decision was made in response to Gregoire's request for regulatory advice on the matter. Both Edenred and Sodexo have yet to issue comments on these recent developments.

Sodexo, as another major player in this scenario, has been consistently increasing its earnings per share and operates with a moderate level of debt, according to InvestingPro Tips. It has maintained dividend payments for 21 consecutive years, which may be a factor in the company's resilience in the face of regulatory changes.

Analysts at Barclays stated that the implementation of compulsory digital vouchers could fortify the market positions of both Edenred and Sodexo. They also cautioned about possible long-term risks if exclusivity in the issuance of meal vouchers is terminated and restaurants are allowed to select their intermediaries. The analysts emphasized that such alterations could lead to reduced uptake rates and increased costs for both companies, thereby introducing substantial risks.

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The rejection of commission caps, coupled with Gregoire's request for regulatory advice and the multifaceted aspects of this issue, highlight the intricate nature of the evolving meal-voucher market landscape in France. For more in-depth insights and tips, investors can refer to InvestingPro, which offers additional tips for many companies including Edenred and Sodexo. The InvestingPro product provides real-time metrics and tips, offering a valuable tool for investors navigating the complex dynamics of the market.

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