HSY Stock Overview
The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of confectionery products and pantry items in the United States and internationally.
Price History & Performance
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||US$228.29|
|52 Week High||US$231.96|
|52 Week Low||US$167.80|
|1 Month Change||3.87%|
|3 Month Change||1.63%|
|1 Year Change||27.57%|
|3 Year Change||46.94%|
|5 Year Change||115.57%|
|Change since IPO||2,419.06%|
Recent News & Updates
A Look At The Fair Value Of The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY)
Today we will run through one way of estimating the intrinsic value of The Hershey Company ( NYSE:HSY ) by taking the...
Hershey Q2 2022 Earnings Preview
Hershey (NYSE:HSY) is scheduled to announce Q2 earnings results on Thursday, July 28th, before market open. EPS Estimate is $1.68 (+14.3% Y/Y) and the consensus Revenue Estimate is $2.24B (+12.6% Y/Y). has beaten EPS estimates 100% of the time and has beaten revenue estimates 88% of the time. upward revisions and 10 downward. Revenue estimates have seen 11 upward revisions and 1 downward.
Chocolate companies - Hershey & Mondelez - face slowing demand amid rising prices
Data from major chocolate companies across the world indicate that consumers are reducing their chocolate intake amid the cost of living crises in Europe and U.S. "Overall U.S. chocolate retail sales volumes have been off and down 2% to 3% over the last couple of months as prices have risen in the high single-digit, low double-digit range," Hershey (NYSE:HSY) VP, Investor Relations Melissa Poole commented as cited by Reuters. The company also expects a reduction in its volume as we move through the year with a soft demand. Mondelez (NASDAQ:MDLZ), which makes Cadbury and Milka chocolate, has also made the decision to slightly reduce the weight of certain products, company spokesperson Tracey Noe commented in an email cited by Reuters. Chocolate companies are now seeing some consumer behavior change with shoppers choosing individual candy bars at the register instead of multipacks. Chicago-based market researcher IRI indicates that the volume sold of chocolate products in U.S. dropped 1.5% Y/Y in the 13-weeks ended June 12 as prices soared 8.2%. Data also shows sales volumes of U.S. store-brand or private-label chocolate, a minor part of the overall market that is cheaper than name-brand chocolate, grew by 8% in the last six months.
|HSY||US Food||US Market|
Return vs Industry: HSY exceeded the US Food industry which returned 5.3% over the past year.
Return vs Market: HSY exceeded the US Market which returned -13% over the past year.
|HSY Average Weekly Movement||3.6%|
|Food Industry Average Movement||6.1%|
|Market Average Movement||7.9%|
|10% most volatile stocks in US Market||17.1%|
|10% least volatile stocks in US Market||3.2%|
Stable Share Price: HSY is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.
Volatility Over Time: HSY's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.
About the Company
The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of confectionery products and pantry items in the United States and internationally. The company operates through three segments: North America Confectionery, North America Salty Snacks, and International. It offers chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products; gum and mint refreshment products, including mints, chewing gums, and bubble gums; pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings, beverages, and sundae syrups; and snack items comprising spreads, meat snacks, bars and snack bites, mixes, popcorn, and protein bars.
Hershey Fundamentals Summary
|HSY fundamental statistics|
Is HSY overvalued?See Fair Value and valuation analysis
Earnings & Revenue
|HSY income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||US$5.40b|
Last Reported Earnings
Jul 03, 2022
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||7.95|
|Net Profit Margin||16.76%|
How did HSY perform over the long term?See historical performance and comparison
1.8%Current Dividend Yield
Does HSY pay a reliable dividends?See HSY dividend history and benchmarks
|Hershey dividend dates|
|Ex Dividend Date||Aug 18 2022|
|Dividend Pay Date||Sep 15 2022|
|Days until Ex dividend||8 days|
|Days until Dividend pay date||36 days|
Does HSY pay a reliable dividends?See HSY dividend history and benchmarks
Is HSY undervalued compared to its fair value, analyst forecasts and its price relative to the market?
Valuation Score 1/6
Price-To-Earnings vs Peers
Price-To-Earnings vs Industry
Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio
Below Fair Value
Significantly Below Fair Value
Key Valuation Metric
Which metric is best to use when looking at relative valuation for HSY?
Other financial metrics that can be useful for relative valuation.
|What is HSY's n/a Ratio?|
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Peers
How does HSY's PE Ratio compare to its peers?
|HSY PE Ratio vs Peers|
|Company||PE||Estimated Growth||Market Cap|
GIS General Mills
KHC Kraft Heinz
TSN Tyson Foods
HRL Hormel Foods
Price-To-Earnings vs Peers: HSY is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (28.7x) compared to the peer average (20.9x).
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry
How does HSY's PE Ratio compare vs other companies in the US Food Industry?
Price-To-Earnings vs Industry: HSY is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (28.7x) compared to the US Food industry average (17.3x)
Price to Earnings Ratio vs Fair Ratio
What is HSY's PE Ratio compared to its Fair PE Ratio? This is the expected PE Ratio taking into account the company's forecast earnings growth, profit margins and other risk factors.
|Current PE Ratio||28.7x|
|Fair PE Ratio||24.5x|
Price-To-Earnings vs Fair Ratio: HSY is expensive based on its Price-To-Earnings Ratio (28.7x) compared to the estimated Fair Price-To-Earnings Ratio (24.5x).
Share Price vs Fair Value
What is the Fair Price of HSY when looking at its future cash flows? For this estimate we use a Discounted Cash Flow model.
Below Fair Value: HSY ($228.29) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($250.45)
Significantly Below Fair Value: HSY is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.
Analyst Price Targets
What is the analyst 12-month forecast and do we have any statistical confidence in the consensus price target?
Analyst Forecast: Target price is less than 20% higher than the current share price.
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How is Hershey forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 16 analysts?
Future Growth Score2/6
Future Growth Score 2/6
Earnings vs Savings Rate
Earnings vs Market
High Growth Earnings
Revenue vs Market
High Growth Revenue
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: HSY's forecast earnings growth (4% per year) is above the savings rate (1.9%).
Earnings vs Market: HSY's earnings (4% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (14.6% per year).
High Growth Earnings: HSY's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.
Revenue vs Market: HSY's revenue (3.2% per year) is forecast to grow slower than the US market (7.9% per year).
High Growth Revenue: HSY's revenue (3.2% 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 (49.2%).
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How has Hershey performed over the past 5 years?
Past Performance Score5/6
Past Performance Score 5/6
Growing Profit Margin
Earnings vs Industry
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: HSY has high quality earnings.
Growing Profit Margin: HSY's current net profit margins (16.8%) are higher than last year (16.5%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: HSY's earnings have grown by 13.4% per year over the past 5 years.
Accelerating Growth: HSY's earnings growth over the past year (13.5%) exceeds its 5-year average (13.4% per year).
Earnings vs Industry: HSY earnings growth over the past year (13.5%) exceeded the Food industry 5.4%.
Return on Equity
High ROE: Whilst HSY's Return on Equity (56.5%) is outstanding, this metric is skewed due to their high level of debt.
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How is Hershey's financial position?
Financial Health Score3/6
Financial Health Score 3/6
Short Term Liabilities
Long Term Liabilities
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: HSY's short term assets ($2.4B) do not cover its short term liabilities ($3.3B).
Long Term Liabilities: HSY's short term assets ($2.4B) do not cover its long term liabilities ($4.4B).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: HSY's net debt to equity ratio (159%) is considered high.
Reducing Debt: HSY's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 342.4% to 170.7% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: HSY's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (44.1%).
Interest Coverage: HSY's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (17.5x coverage).
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What is Hershey current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Score 5/6
Cash Flow Coverage
Current Dividend Yield
Upcoming Dividend Payment
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: HSY's dividend (1.82%) is higher than the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.52%).
High Dividend: HSY's dividend (1.82%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (4.08%).
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: HSY's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.
Growing Dividend: HSY's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.
Earnings Payout to Shareholders
Earnings Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (45.6%), HSY's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.
Cash Payout to Shareholders
Cash Flow Coverage: With its reasonable cash payout ratio (50.9%), HSY's dividend payments are covered by cash flows.
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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
Michele Buck (60 yo)
Ms. Michele Gross Buck has been the Chairman at The Hershey Company since October 11, 2019 and has been its Chief Executive Officer and President since March 1, 2017. Ms. Buck is responsible for all day-to...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: Michele's total compensation ($USD16.14M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD12.91M).
Compensation vs Earnings: Michele's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.
Experienced Management: HSY's management team is considered experienced (2.6 years average tenure).
Experienced Board: HSY's board of directors are considered experienced (5.3 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
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
The Hershey Company's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: The Hershey Company
- Ticker: HSY
- Exchange: NYSE
- Founded: 1894
- Industry: Packaged Foods and Meats
- Sector: Food, Beverage & Tobacco
- Implied Market Cap: US$46.796b
- Shares outstanding: 204.98m
- Website: https://www.thehersheycompany.com
Number of Employees
- The Hershey Company
- 19 East Chocolate Avenue
- United States
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2022/08/09 00:00|
|End of Day Share Price||2022/08/09 00:00|
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.