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How to buy The Hershey Company stock

Learn how to easily invest in The Hershey Company stock.

The Hershey Company (HSY) is a leading confectioners business based in the US. It opened the day at $184.66 after a previous close of $183.50. During the day the price has varied from a low of $183.99 to a high of $186.77. The latest price was $186.51 (25 minute delay). The Hershey Company is listed on the NYSE and employs 15,200 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

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How has coronavirus impacted The Hershey Company's share price?

Since the stock market crash in March caused by coronavirus, The Hershey Company's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last close price was $186.51, which is 14.04% up on its pre-crash value of $160.32 and 69.74% up on the lowest point reached during the March crash when the shares fell as low as $109.88.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of The Hershey Company shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $720.95 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1.00.

The Hershey Company stock price (NYSE: HSY)

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The Hershey Company shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-12-10.
Open$184.66
High$186.77
Low$183.99
Close$186.51
Previous close$183.50
Change $3.01
Change % 1.6403%
Volume 555,241
Information last updated 2022-01-17.
52-week range$141.48 - $199.91
50-day moving average $185.44
200-day moving average $176.53
Wall St. target price$194.36
PE ratio 28.9678
Dividend yield $3.313 (1.81%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $6.89

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Is it a good time to buy The Hershey Company stock?

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The Hershey Company price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $186.51 from 2022-01-21

1 week (2022-01-18) -5.96%
1 month (2021-12-23) -1.03%
3 months (2021-10-25) 3.48%
6 months (2021-07-23) 4.04%
1 year (2021-01-25) 26.42%
2 years (2020-01-24) 20.58%
3 years (2019-01-25) 78.82%
5 years (2017-01-25) 75.46%

Is The Hershey Company stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing The Hershey Company stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of The Hershey Company's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

The Hershey Company's P/E ratio

The Hershey Company's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 29x. In other words, The Hershey Company shares trade at around 29x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

The Hershey Company's PEG ratio

The Hershey Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.5762. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into The Hershey Company's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

The Hershey Company's EBITDA

The Hershey Company's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $2.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a The Hershey Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

The Hershey Company financials

Revenue TTM $8.8 billion
Operating margin TTM 22.85%
Gross profit TTM $3.7 billion
Return on assets TTM 13.49%
Return on equity TTM 62.28%
Profit margin 16.23%
Book value $12.27
Market capitalisation $41.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

The Hershey Company's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like The Hershey Company.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

The Hershey Company's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 27.77

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and The Hershey Company's overall score of 27.77 (as at 12/31/2018) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 45th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like The Hershey Company is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

The Hershey Company's environmental score

Environmental score: 12.73/100

The Hershey Company's environmental score of 12.73 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Hershey Company is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Hershey Company's social score

Social score: 14.75/100

The Hershey Company's social score of 14.75 puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that The Hershey Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

The Hershey Company's governance score

Governance score: 7.29/100

The Hershey Company's governance score puts it squarely in the 6th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that The Hershey Company is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

The Hershey Company's controversy score

Controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. The Hershey Company scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that The Hershey Company hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

The Hershey Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 27.77
Total ESG percentile 44.76
Environmental score 12.73
Environmental score percentile 6
Social score 14.75
Social score percentile 6
Governance score 7.29
Governance score percentile 6
Level of controversy 3

The Hershey Company share dividends

49%

Dividend payout ratio: 48.85% of net profits

Recently The Hershey Company has paid out, on average, around 48.85% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.81% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), The Hershey Company shareholders could enjoy a 1.81% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Hershey Company's case, that would currently equate to about $3.313 per share.

While The Hershey Company's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that The Hershey Company may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

The Hershey Company's most recent dividend payout was on 14 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 November 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have The Hershey Company's shares ever split?

The Hershey Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 15 June 2004. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your The Hershey Company shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for The Hershey Company shares which in turn could have impacted The Hershey Company's share price.

The Hershey Company share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, The Hershey Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $141.4781 up to $199.91. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while The Hershey Company's is 0.4227. This would suggest that The Hershey Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

The Hershey Company overview

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 offers chocolate and non-chocolate confectionery products; gum and mint refreshment products comprising mints, chewing gums, and bubble gums; pantry items, such as baking ingredients, toppings, beverages, and sundae syrups; and snack items, including spreads, meat snacks, bars and snack bites, mixes, popcorn and protein bars, and cookies. The company provides its products primarily under the Hershey's, Reese's, Kisses, Jolly Rancher, Almond Joy, Brookside, barkTHINS, Cadbury, Good & Plenty, Heath, Kit Kat, Lancaster, Payday, Rolo, Twizzlers, Whoppers, York, Ice Breakers, Breathsavers, Bubble Yum, SkinnyPop, Pirate's Booty, Oatmega, Paqui, and ONE Bar brands, as well as under the Pelon Pelo Rico, IO-IO, and Sofit brands. It markets and sells its products to wholesale distributors, chain grocery stores, mass merchandisers, chain drug stores, vending companies, wholesale clubs, convenience stores, dollar stores, concessionaires, and department stores. The company was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania. .

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of The Hershey Company is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.166% of The Hershey Company shares are held by insiders and 78.113% by institutions.
How many people work for The Hershey Company?
Latest data suggests 15,200 work at The Hershey Company.
When does the fiscal year end for The Hershey Company?
The Hershey Company's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is The Hershey Company based?
The Hershey Company's address is: 19 East Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA, United States, 17033
What is The Hershey Company's ISIN number?
The Hershey Company's international securities identification number is: US4278661081
What is The Hershey Company's CUSIP number?
The Hershey Company's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 427866108

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