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Executive Summary

General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. More Details

Snowflake Analysis

Solid track record established dividend payer.

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Share Price & News

How has General Mills's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: GIS is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 3% a week.

Volatility Over Time: GIS's weekly volatility (3%) has been stable over the past year.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Food


US Market

1 Year Return




US Food


US Market

Return vs Industry: GIS exceeded the US Food industry which returned 0.7% over the past year.

Return vs Market: GIS underperformed the US Market which returned 21.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-0.09%1.2%0.3%
30 Day-6.2%-1.5%3.3%
90 Day-9.7%0.9%14.2%
1 Year6.0%2.5%3.2%0.7%23.8%21.1%
3 Year4.0%-7.3%4.4%-4.3%45.0%35.4%
5 Year20.5%0.7%23.1%6.2%127.7%102.3%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is General Mills's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is General Mills undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: GIS ($55.34) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($99.33)

Significantly Below Fair Value: GIS is trading below fair value by more than 20%.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: GIS is good value based on its PE Ratio (14.1x) compared to the US Food industry average (25.2x).

PE vs Market: GIS is good value based on its PE Ratio (14.1x) compared to the US market (21.2x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: GIS is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (13.4x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: GIS is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (4x) compared to the US Food industry average (2.1x).

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Future Growth

How is General Mills forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 16 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: GIS's forecast earnings growth (1.1% per year) is below the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: GIS's earnings (1.1% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (21.5% per year).

High Growth Earnings: GIS's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: GIS's revenue (0.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (10.4% per year).

High Growth Revenue: GIS's revenue (0.1% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: GIS's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (22.5%)

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Past Performance

How has General Mills performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: GIS has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: GIS's current net profit margins (13.2%) are higher than last year (12.6%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: GIS's earnings have grown by 7.9% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: GIS's earnings growth over the past year (13.6%) exceeds its 5-year average (7.9% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: GIS earnings growth over the past year (13.6%) exceeded the Food industry -0.3%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst GIS's Return on Equity (25.77%) is high, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

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Financial Health

How is General Mills's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: GIS's short term assets ($6.4B) do not cover its short term liabilities ($8.5B).

Long Term Liabilities: GIS's short term assets ($6.4B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($14.4B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: GIS's debt to equity ratio (143.9%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: GIS's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 147.4% to 143.9% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: GIS's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (26.8%).

Interest Coverage: GIS's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (7.7x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is General Mills's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: GIS's dividend (3.69%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.38%).

High Dividend: GIS's dividend (3.69%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.87%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: GIS's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: GIS's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonable payout ratio (50.3%), GIS's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: GIS's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be covered by earnings (56% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Jeff Harmening (53 yo)





Mr. Jeffrey L. Harmening, also known as Jeff, has been the Chief Executive Officer at General Mills, Inc. since June 1, 2017. Mr. Harmening served as the President of General Mills, Inc. since July 1, 2016...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Jeff's total compensation ($USD15.84M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD10.54M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Jeff's compensation has increased by more than 20% in the past year.

Leadership Team

Jeffrey Harmening
Chairman & CEO3.58yrsUS$15.84m0.050%
$ 17.0m
Kofi Bruce
Chief Financial Officer0.92yrUS$2.11m0.0024%
$ 827.1k
Richard Allendorf
Senior VP5.92yrsUS$4.48m0.0092%
$ 3.1m
John Church
Chief Supply Chain Officer12.75yrsUS$5.03m0.0097%
$ 3.3m
Jonathon Nudi
Group President of North America Retail4yrsUS$6.95m0.010%
$ 3.6m
Marie Pillai
Chief Investment Officer12yrsno datano data
Mark Pallot
VP & Chief Accounting Officer0.92yrno data0.0018%
$ 612.7k
Jaime Montemayor
Chief Digital & Technology Officer0.92yrno datano data
Jeff Siemon
Vice President of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Jano Cabrera
Chief Communications Officer1.42yrsno datano data
Ivan Pollard
Global Chief Marketing Officer3.5yrsno data0.0046%
$ 1.6m
Jacqueline Williams-Roll
Chief Human Resources Officer6.33yrsno data0.0063%
$ 2.2m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: GIS's management team is considered experienced (3.6 years average tenure).

Board Members

Jeffrey Harmening
Chairman & CEO3.58yrsUS$15.84m0.050%
$ 17.0m
David Cordani
Independent Director6.17yrsUS$279.99k0.0050%
$ 1.7m
Maria Sastre
Independent Director2.58yrsUS$254.99k0.00016%
$ 54.5k
Stephen Odland
Lead Independent Director1.33yrsUS$281.24k0.026%
$ 8.8m
Eric Sprunk
Independent Director5.08yrsUS$271.24k0%
$ 0
Diane Neal
Independent Director2.17yrsUS$254.99k0%
$ 0
Maria G. Henry
Independent Director4.58yrsUS$274.99k0.0039%
$ 1.3m
Elizabeth Lempres
Independent Director1.58yrsUS$440.00k0.0011%
$ 371.0k
Jorge Uribe
Independent Director4.58yrsUS$254.99k0.0027%
$ 932.7k
Roger Ferguson
Independent Director5.08yrsUS$269.99k0%
$ 0
Ronal Clark
Independent Director11.67yrsUS$277.49k0.0088%
$ 3.0m
Jo Jenkins
Independent Director1yrUS$217.54k0.00055%
$ 187.2k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: GIS's board of directors are considered experienced (3.8 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: GIS insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

General Mills, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: General Mills, Inc.
  • Ticker: GIS
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1866
  • Industry: Packaged Foods and Meats
  • Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco
  • Market Cap: US$34.039b
  • Shares outstanding: 611.44m
  • Website: https://www.generalmills.com

Number of Employees


  • General Mills, Inc.
  • Number One General Mills Boulevard
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnesota
  • 55426
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
GISNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1968
GRMDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
GRMXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
GISSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesCommon StockCHCHFJan 1968
0R1XLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJan 1968
GISWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURJan 1968
GRMETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon StockITEURJan 1968
GIS *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNJan 1968
G1MI34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH REPR 1 SHS UNSPONBRBRLJan 2020


General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company operates in five segments: North America Retail; Convenience Stores & Foodservice; Europe & Australia; Asia & Lati...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/01/20 23:07
End of Day Share Price2021/01/20 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/05/31

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.