The Costa Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: CGC) share price was not one of the better ASX performers over the month of May. Costa shares had a rough month, falling from the $4.66 level they started May at to finish up the month at $3.40 a share. That’s a fall of 27%. Ouch.
The worst came for Costa shareholders right at the end of the month. Until 26 May, Costa shares ‘only’ lost around 6% over the month. But on 27 May, things went from bad to worse for the agricultural company.
Costa shares lost more than 24% of their value on 27 May when the company released an update to its 2021 guidance during its annual general meeting.
Costa told investors that while the company was experiencing strong international demand for its products, it is currently facing some headwinds in the domestic markets. While berry and avocado production is strong, Costa told the markets that its mushrooms, citrus and tomato segments are all facing various short-term issues.
As a result, Costa CEO Sean Hallahan told investors the following:
Overall, first half performance is expected to be marginally ahead of the previous comparable period in CY20, with strong international operations offset by challenges in domestic produce conditions. This also once again highlights the importance of the diversity of our portfolio.
This is what seems to have spooked investors, and resulted in most of the Costa share price weakness over the month of May. The shares have slightly recovered in June so far, up 0.6% against where they ended May at. That includes a 2.4% bounce today, which puts Costa at $3.43 a share at the time of writing.
About the Costa share price
Costa has been a company that has experienced a lot of ups and downs over the past 5 years. Back in mid-2018, the company was riding high on a strong market, which resulted in Costa shares rising to over $8. But it’s been a volatile ride ever since. In late 2019, Costa was down to roughly $2.44 a share on the back of difficult growing conditions. The company recovered pretty strongly over the following 18 months, rising almost 100% between December 2019 and April 2021.
However, last months’ moves have dented that recovery and Costa is now 40% above those 2019 lows today.