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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

Established dividend payer with adequate balance sheet.

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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




US Food


US Market

1 Year Return




US Food


US Market

Return vs Industry: HSY underperformed the US Food industry which returned 10.2% over the past year.

Return vs Market: HSY underperformed the US Market which returned 34.1% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-2.5%0.2%-2.5%
30 Day0.03%2.6%0.1%
90 Day-0.4%3.3%4.5%
1 Year-4.7%-6.8%12.9%10.2%37.1%34.1%
3 Year61.1%50.2%16.2%6.6%58.0%47.9%
5 Year80.0%59.9%19.1%3.0%131.9%106.2%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

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

Simply Wall St News


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


Price to Earnings (PE) ratio

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: HSY ($147.57) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($147.45)

Significantly Below Fair Value: HSY is trading above our estimate of fair value.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: HSY is good value based on its PE Ratio (24.1x) compared to the US Food industry average (24.2x).

PE vs Market: HSY is poor value based on its PE Ratio (24.1x) compared to the US market (21.5x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: HSY is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3.9x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: HSY is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (13.8x) compared to the US Food industry average (2.2x).

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Future Growth

How is Hershey forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 14 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: HSY's forecast earnings growth (6.1% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: HSY's earnings (6.1% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (20.4% per year).

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

Revenue vs Market: HSY's revenue (2.5% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (10.5% per year).

High Growth Revenue: HSY's revenue (2.5% 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 (50.5%).

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Past Performance

How has Hershey performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: HSY has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: HSY's current net profit margins (15.7%) are higher than last year (14.4%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: HSY's earnings have grown by 15.9% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: HSY's earnings growth over the past year (11.3%) is below its 5-year average (15.9% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: HSY earnings growth over the past year (11.3%) exceeded the Food industry 8.7%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: Whilst HSY's Return on Equity (56.99%) is outstanding, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.

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Financial Health

How is Hershey's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: HSY's short term assets ($3.0B) exceed its short term liabilities ($1.9B).

Long Term Liabilities: HSY's short term assets ($3.0B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($5.0B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: HSY's debt to equity ratio (202.1%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: HSY's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 236% to 202.1% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: HSY's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (37.6%).

Interest Coverage: HSY's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (12.1x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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


Current Dividend Yield

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: HSY's dividend (2.18%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.34%).

High Dividend: HSY's dividend (2.18%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.75%).

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 reasonable payout ratio (51.4%), HSY's dividend payments are covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: HSY's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (46.9% payout ratio).

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


Average management tenure


Michele Buck (58 yo)





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 ($USD16.79M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD10.54M).

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

Leadership Team

Michele Buck
$ 23.0m
Steven Voskuil
Senior VP1.75yrsUS$4.02m0.0078%
$ 2.4m
Melissa Poole
Vice President of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
James Turoff
VP & Acting General Counsel0.17yrno datano data
Rob Gehring
Global Chief Sales Officer5.08yrsno datano data
Christopher Scalia
Senior VP & Chief Human Resources Officer1.08yrsno data0.0036%
$ 1.1m
Steven Schiller
President of International3.92yrsno datano data
Doug Straton
Chief Digital Commerce Officerno datano datano data
Jason Reiman
Senior VP & Chief Supply Chain Officer1.67yrsno data0.0043%
$ 1.3m
Charles Raup
President of U.S.1.08yrsno data0.0038%
$ 1.2m
Rohit Grover
President-Internationalno datano datano data
Kristen Riggs
Senior VP & Chief Growth Officer1.08yrsno data0.0025%
$ 760.3k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: HSY's management team is not considered experienced ( 1.7 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.

Board Members

Michele Buck
$ 23.0m
James Brown
Independent Director3.75yrsUS$260.00kno data
David Shedlarz
Independent Director12.5yrsUS$275.00k0.0078%
$ 2.4m
Charles Davis
Independent Director13.25yrsUS$383.51k0.012%
$ 3.8m
Robert Malcolm
Independent Director9.17yrsUS$275.00k0.0065%
$ 2.0m
Mary Haben
Independent Director7.5yrsUS$275.00kno data
Anthony Palmer
Lead Independent Directorno dataUS$271.50k0.0065%
$ 2.0m
Wendy Schoppert
Independent Director3.17yrsUS$260.00kno data
Pamela Arway
Independent Director10.75yrsUS$260.00k0.0077%
$ 2.4m
Mary Koken
Independent Director3.75yrsUS$260.00k0.00029%
$ 88.9k
Juan Perez
Independent Director1.75yrsUS$156.22k0.000080%
$ 24.5k
James Katzman
Independent Director2.75yrsUS$260.00kno data


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: HSY'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: 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$30.656b
  • Shares outstanding: 207.17m
  • Website: https://www.thehersheycompany.com

Number of Employees


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


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
HSYNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockUSUSDJan 1968
HSYDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
HSYXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesCommon StockDEEURJan 1968
0J4XLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDJan 1968
HSY *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNJan 1968
HSYBASE (Buenos Aires Stock Exchange)CEDEAR EACH 3 REPR 1 USD1ARARSNov 2002
HSHY34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH 5 REP 1 COMBRBRLJul 2015


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 Analysis2021/02/24 23:17
End of Day Share Price2021/02/24 00:00
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.