NYSE:HSY

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Market Cap

US$36.9b

Last Updated

2021/07/31 05:28 UTC

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Executive Summary

The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells confectionery products and pantry items. More Details


Snowflake Analysis

Solid track record established dividend payer.


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Share Price & News

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


Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: HSY is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 2% a week.

Volatility Over Time: HSY's weekly volatility (2%) has been stable over the past year.


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-0.2%

HSY

-1.2%

US Food

-0.5%

US Market


1 Year Return

23.0%

HSY

10.5%

US Food

35.9%

US Market

Return vs Industry: HSY exceeded the US Food industry which returned 10.5% over the past year.

Return vs Market: HSY underperformed the US Market which returned 35.9% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

HSYIndustryMarket
7 Day-0.2%-1.2%-0.5%
30 Day3.0%-3.5%0.3%
90 Day8.9%-3.0%3.1%
1 Year25.6%23.0%13.1%10.5%38.0%35.9%
3 Year93.0%80.4%23.1%13.2%62.9%52.7%
5 Year80.0%60.2%13.2%-2.3%121.7%97.3%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


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Valuation

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

13.5%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: HSY ($178.88) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($206.81)

Significantly Below Fair Value: HSY is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: HSY is poor value based on its PE Ratio (25.9x) compared to the US Food industry average (21.3x).

PE vs Market: HSY is poor value based on its PE Ratio (25.9x) compared to the US market (18x).


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: HSY is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (10.5x)


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: HSY is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (16.3x) compared to the US Food industry average (2.2x).


Future Growth

How is Hershey forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 15 analysts?

2.5%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: HSY's forecast earnings growth (2.5% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: HSY's earnings (2.5% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.9% per year).

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

Revenue vs Market: HSY's revenue (2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (9.2% per year).

High Growth Revenue: HSY's revenue (2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: HSY's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (51.8%).


Past Performance

How has Hershey performed over the past 5 years?

14.1%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: HSY has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: HSY's current net profit margins (16.5%) are higher than last year (13.6%).


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: HSY's earnings have grown by 14.1% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: HSY's earnings growth over the past year (32.9%) exceeds its 5-year average (14.1% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: HSY earnings growth over the past year (32.9%) exceeded the Food industry 25.4%.


Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst HSY's Return on Equity (63.18%) is outstanding, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.


Financial Health

How is Hershey's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: HSY's short term assets ($2.2B) exceed its short term liabilities ($1.6B).

Long Term Liabilities: HSY's short term assets ($2.2B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($5.0B).


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: HSY's debt to equity ratio (185.9%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: HSY's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 394.7% to 185.9% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: HSY's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (49.8%).

Interest Coverage: HSY's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (14.4x coverage).


Balance Sheet


Dividend

What is Hershey current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?

2.01%

Current Dividend Yield


Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: HSY's dividend (2.01%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.31%).

High Dividend: HSY's dividend (2.01%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.54%).


Stability and Growth of Payments

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

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


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (46.5%), HSY's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: HSY's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (48.3% payout ratio).


Next Steps

Management

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

1.5yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Michele Buck (59 yo)

4.33yrs

Tenure

US$19,115,059

Compensation

Ms. Michele Gross Buck has been the Chairman at The Hershey Company since October 11, 2019 and its Chief Executive Officer and President since March 1, 2017. Ms. Buck is responsible for all day-to-day glob...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Michele's total compensation ($USD19.12M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.17M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Michele's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.


Leadership Team

Experienced Management: HSY's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.5 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.


Board Members

Experienced Board: HSY's board of directors are considered experienced (3.4 years average tenure).


Ownership

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


Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold 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

The Hershey Company's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: The Hershey Company
  • Ticker: HSY
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 1894
  • Industry: Packaged Foods and Meats
  • Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco
  • Market Cap: US$36.856b
  • Shares outstanding: 206.04m
  • Website: https://www.thehersheycompany.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • The Hershey Company
  • 19 East Chocolate Avenue
  • Hershey
  • Pennsylvania
  • 17033
  • United States

Listings


Biography

The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells confectionery products and pantry items. The company operates in two segments, North America; and International and Other. It off...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/07/31 05:28
End of Day Share Price2021/07/30 00:00
Earnings2021/07/04
Annual Earnings2020/12/31


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.