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Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (VOD), Associated British Foods plc (ABF), SABMiller plc (SAB): 3 More Shares to Gain From Powerful Global Trends

LONDON —  These three shares stand to benefit from the following global trends:

Vodafone Group Plc (ADR)Mobile computing
Consumers today are not settling for contactability via a mobile phone. They demand continued, mobile connectivity to a huge range of information services: email, social networking, shopping, and so on. Consumers want to use their mobile devices to place bets, set TV shows to record and access their bank accounts.

As consumers become increasingly dependent on mobile provision, services from a company such as Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) become less discretionary. This is always good for a business’ prices and margins.

Some concerns exist over Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD)’s current trading, particularly in southern Europe. However, analysts expect Vodafone Group Plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:VOD) to increase both earnings and dividends this year and next. This puts the shares on a 2015 P/E of 11.2, with a forecast yield of 5.6%.

Limited food supply
Global population growth is pushing up demand for food, which has led to price rises and increased efforts to raise crop yields.

As a supplier of food brands such as Twinings, Ryvita, and Kingsmill, Associated British Foods plc (LON:ABF) will be working to ensure that it can pass on increased costs to its customers.

The company also has a significant agriculture business that provides technology solutions to farmers and livestock feed manufacturers. In the first six months of the year, this part of the business delivered a 25% increase in operating profit from sales growth of just 7%.

Analysts expected 2014 earnings per share at AB Foods to be 32% higher than was achieved in 2012.

African frontier
In the last 10 years, real GDP growth in sub-Saharan Africa has increased from 3% per annum to 6.6%. That performance is on a par with the growth being delivered by the BRIC nations (Brazil, India, Russia, China).

For an increasing number of U.K.-listed companies, Africa is their number one growth market. One example is super-brewer SABMiller plc (LON:SAB). In its recent final results, SABMiller plc (LON:SAB) reported 18% sales growth in Africa versus just 5% in Europe. The EBITDA contribution from Africa was 20% ahead of the previous year, too.

Analysts expect double-digit earnings and dividend growth from SABMiller plc (LON:SAB) for the next two years. Those projections put the shares on a 2014 P/E of 19.5, with an expected yield of 2.2%.

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David O’Hara does not own shares in any of the above companies. The Motley Fool recommends Associated British Foods and Vodafone.

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