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McCormick NYSE:MKC Stock Report

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08 Aug, 2022


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MKC fundamental analysis
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Future Growth1/6
Past Performance2/6
Financial Health1/6

MKC Stock Overview

McCormick & Company, Incorporated manufactures, markets, and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the food industry.

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Price History & Performance

Summary of all time highs, changes and price drops for McCormick
Historical stock prices
Current Share PriceUS$89.18
52 Week HighUS$107.35
52 Week LowUS$77.85
1 Month Change8.66%
3 Month Change-8.97%
1 Year Change6.55%
3 Year Change8.03%
5 Year Change81.94%
Change since IPO2,684.16%

Recent News & Updates

Jul 18
These 4 Measures Indicate That McCormick (NYSE:MKC) Is Using Debt Extensively

These 4 Measures Indicate That McCormick (NYSE:MKC) Is Using Debt Extensively

David Iben put it well when he said, 'Volatility is not a risk we care about. What we care about is avoiding the...

Jul 08

McCormick Stock: Not The Most Flavorful Prospect Out There

McCormick & Company has fared quite well in recent years, but the company is currently experiencing a bit of weakness. Even so, management has positive expectations for the year, with sales and profits expected to rise year-over-year. Despite this, shares look a bit lofty and it's likely that investors can find better opportunities elsewhere at this time. To the vast majority of people, flavor is incredibly important. Generally speaking, humans gravitate toward food that is pleasing to their palate. And while it may seem obvious for companies that focus on food production to emphasize making sure that food tastes as good as possible, there is one multi-billion-dollar company whose primary set of operations is organized around helping our food taste better. This household name is McCormick & Company (MKC). In recent years, the enterprise has done well to grow both its top and bottom lines. It truly is a high-quality business in the food space and, in the long run, it's almost certain that investors will generate attractive returns. Having said that, there are two issues that are worth paying attention to. First, recent financial performance for the business has been somewhat disappointing. This comes as management has remained bullish about the 2022 fiscal year even as they reduced guidance. And second, shares of the company are trading at rather lofty levels. The first issue is largely transitory and, as a result, should not warrant the concern of investors all that much. But the second issue could result in subpar returns moving forward. Because of this latter issue, I have decided to rate the business a 'hold' for now. Not so tasty According to the management team at McCormick & Company, the company operates as a global leader in the flavor market. It does this by producing and selling spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavor-oriented products across the food spectrum. But to best understand the company, we would be wise to break it down into its two key operating segments. The first and largest of these is known as its Consumer segment. Through this, the company sells a variety of flavorful products, such as spices and seasonings, as well as condiments and sauces. In fact, two-thirds of the revenue associated with this segment comes from those four categories. The company also produces herbs, dessert items, and other related products. It offers these products through a variety of industry-leading brands, such as McCormick, French's, Frank's RedHot, Lawry's Club House, OLD BAY, Vahine, Kamis, Gourmet Garden, and more. These products are sold to a variety of retailers, distributors, wholesalers, and other parties, all across roughly 160 different countries and territories. During its 2021 fiscal year, this particular segment accounted for 62.3% of the company's revenue and for an impressive 73.1% of its profits. The other segment is called Flavor Solutions. Through this segment, the company provides a variety of products to multinational food manufacturers and food service customers. To the food service customers, it offers branded, packaged products sold both by it directly and by distributors indirectly. The specific types of products sold through this segment include seasoning blends, spices, herbs, condiments, coating systems, and compound flavors. Last year, this segment was responsible for 37.7% of the company's revenue and for 26.9% of its profits. There are some other important notes that investors should make. For instance, while the company is most certainly a global enterprise, it still is heavily reliant on the U.S. market. Last year, for instance, its domestic operations accounted for 60.4% of the company's revenue. This is roughly level with what the picture looked like two years earlier. A further 18.9% of sales came from a combination of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, while all other countries combined made up 20.7% of sales. Author - SEC EDGAR Data The general financial picture for the business has been quite robust in recent years. Revenue expanded constantly between 2017 and 2021, climbing from $4.73 billion to $6.32 billion. Growth was particularly strong between 2020 and 2021, coming in at 12.8%. This was driven by a variety of factors. For instance, for its legacy operations, volume and product mix changes pushed sales up by 5.5%. Despite inflationary concerns, pricing actions contributed just 0.8% to the company's top line growth. Foreign currency fluctuations accounted for 2.4%, while acquisitions accounted for 4.1%. As revenue has risen, profitability has also increased. Although a bit lumpy, net income rose from $477.4 million in 2017 to $755.3 million in 2021. Other profitability metrics also were positive. Between 2017 and 2020, operating cash flow rose from $815.3 million to $1.04 billion. This metric did worsen in 2021, falling to $828.3 million. But if we adjust for changes in working capital, cash flow expansion between 2017 and 2020 would have been consistent, climbing from $655.1 million to $1.02 billion. Meanwhile, EBITDA for the company rose from $897 million to $1.28 billion. Author - SEC EDGAR Data So far, the 2022 fiscal year is looking a bit mixed for the company. For the first half of the year as a whole, revenue of $3.06 billion does translate to a modest increase over the $3.04 billion reported the same time one year earlier. However, overall revenue in the second quarter was a bit weak, falling from $1.56 billion in 2021 to $1.54 billion this year. Not only that, management actually missed expectations on sales to the tune of $70.7 million. There were a number of contributors to this pain. For instance, volume and product mix changes impacted sales to the tune of 6.6%. The Consumer segment was the culprit, with some pain coming as a result of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Lower sales in China and India also impacted the company's operations. Meanwhile, pricing actions offset this, adding 6.8% to the company's revenue. But foreign currency fluctuations hit the business to the tune of 1.5%. Author - SEC EDGAR Data When it comes to profitability, the picture for the first half of the year is not great. Net income fell from $345.5 million in the first half of 2021 to $273.4 million the same time this year. Net income in the latest quarter alone came in at $118.5 million. That's down from the $183.7 million reported just one year earlier. In addition to declining year over year, the company also missed expectations on its bottom line to the tune of $0.22 per share, with earnings ultimately totaling $0.44 per share. This first-half decline was driven in large part by a decline in the company's gross profit margin from 39.2% to 35.4%, with the second quarter proving particularly painful. The company attributed this to a couple of factors, including the margin dilutive impact of pricing actions the company took in response to inflationary pressures, as well as to increased commodity, packaging material, and transportation costs, amongst other things. McCormick & Company Despite this pain, management seems to have high hopes for the company. They still believe that revenue will rise between 3% and 5% this year, with constant currency revenue climbing by between 5% and 7%. The total revenue expectation remains unchanged from the company's prior guidance. Management did ultimately reduce expectations for earnings per share for the entire year. Excluding integration costs associated with its aforementioned acquisitions, the company now anticipates earnings of between $3.03 and $3.08 per share. Prior guidance was for earnings to be between $3.17 and $3.22 per share.

Shareholder Returns

MKCUS FoodUS Market

Return vs Industry: MKC matched the US Food industry which returned 6.9% over the past year.

Return vs Market: MKC exceeded the US Market which returned -12.9% over the past year.

Price Volatility

Is MKC's price volatile compared to industry and market?
MKC volatility
MKC Average Weekly Movement3.9%
Food Industry Average Movement6.1%
Market Average Movement7.9%
10% most volatile stocks in US Market17.1%
10% least volatile stocks in US Market3.2%

Stable Share Price: MKC is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.

Volatility Over Time: MKC's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.

About the Company

188914,000Lawrence Kurzius

McCormick & Company, Incorporated manufactures, markets, and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments, and other flavorful products to the food industry. It operates in two segments, Consumer and Flavor Solutions. The Consumer segment offers spices, herbs, and seasonings, as well as condiments and sauces, and desserts.

McCormick & Company, Incorporated Fundamentals Summary

How do McCormick's earnings and revenue compare to its market cap?
MKC fundamental statistics
Market CapUS$23.91b
Earnings (TTM)US$683.20m
Revenue (TTM)US$6.34b


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Earnings & Revenue

Key profitability statistics from the latest earnings report
MKC income statement (TTM)
Cost of RevenueUS$3.95b
Gross ProfitUS$2.39b
Other ExpensesUS$1.71b

Last Reported Earnings

May 31, 2022

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Earnings per share (EPS)2.55
Gross Margin37.71%
Net Profit Margin10.78%
Debt/Equity Ratio116.5%

How did MKC perform over the long term?

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