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The Hershey Company is a confectioners business based in the US. The Hershey Company shares (HSY) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. The Hershey Company employs 14,520 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$7.9 billion.
|Latest market close||USD$141.19|
|52-week range||USD$109.88 - USD$161.83|
|50-day moving average||USD$145.2429|
|200-day moving average||USD$137.2993|
|Wall St. target price||USD$149.31|
|Dividend yield||USD$3.22 (2.39%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||USD$5.11|
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|1 week (2020-09-24)||2.56%|
|1 month (2020-09-01)||-4.87%|
|3 months (2020-07-01)||8.51%|
|6 months (2020-04-01)||7.24%|
|1 year (2019-10-01)||-8.84%|
|2 years (2018-10-01)||38.91%|
|3 years (2017-09-29)||29.33%|
|5 years (2015-10-01)||53.38%|
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 current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 26x. In other words, The Hershey Company shares trade at around 26x recent earnings.
That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).
The Hershey Company's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.0896. 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 (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.9 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a The Hershey Company's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
|Revenue TTM||USD$7.9 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||20.1%|
|Gross profit TTM||USD$3.6 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||11.95%|
|Return on equity TTM||62%|
|Market capitalisation||USD$28.6 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
There are currently 2.6 million The Hershey Company shares held short by investors – that's known as The Hershey Company's "short interest". This figure is 12.3% down from 2.9 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting The Hershey Company shares can be evaluated.
The Hershey Company's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of The Hershey Company shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of The Hershey Company shares traded daily (recently around 831563.5483871). The Hershey Company's SIR currently stands at 3.1. In other words for every 100,000 The Hershey Company shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3100 shares are currently held short.
However The Hershey Company's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of The Hershey Company shares, or, against the total number of tradable The Hershey Company shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case The Hershey Company's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 The Hershey Company shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0197% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable The Hershey Company shares, roughly 20 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against The Hershey Company.
Find out more about how you can short The Hershey Company stock.
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.
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 08/01/2020) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 43rd 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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Total ESG score||27.77|
|Total ESG percentile||43.18|
|Environmental score percentile||6|
|Social score percentile||6|
|Governance score percentile||6|
|Level of controversy||3|
Dividend payout ratio: 60.51% of net profits
Recently The Hershey Company has paid out, on average, around 60.51% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.39% 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 2.39% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In The Hershey Company's case, that would currently equate to about $3.22 per share.
The Hershey Company's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
The Hershey Company's most recent dividend payout was on 15 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 20 August 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").
The Hershey Company's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 16 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.
Over the last 12 months, The Hershey Company's shares have ranged in value from as little as $109.88 up to $161.83. 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 0.1828. This would suggest that The Hershey Company's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells confectionery products. The company operates through 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, Scharffen Berger, Dagoba, Ice Breakers, Breathsavers, Bubble Yum, SkinnyPop, Pirate's Booty, Oatmega, Paqui, ONE, and Krave brands, as well as under the Pelon Pelo Rico, IO-IO, Nutrine, Maha Lacto, Jumpin, 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 Hershey Company was founded in 1894 and is headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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