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How to buy Hormel Foods Corporation stock

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Hormel Foods Corporation is a packaged foods business based in the US. Hormel Foods Corporation shares (HRL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Hormel Foods Corporation employs 19,100 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$9.7 billion.

How to buy shares in Hormel Foods Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Hormel Foods Corporation. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: HRL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Hormel Foods Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Hormel Foods Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Hormel Foods Corporation. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Hormel Foods Corporation share price

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Hormel Foods Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-03-03.
52-week rangeUSD$38.2426 - USD$52.4434
50-day moving average USD$47.1162
200-day moving average USD$48.6014
Wall St. target priceUSD$45.75
PE ratio 28.8951
Dividend yield USD$0.943 (2.01%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$1.62

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Is it a good time to buy Hormel Foods Corporation stock?

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Is Hormel Foods Corporation under- or over-valued?

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

Hormel Foods Corporation's P/E ratio

Hormel Foods Corporation'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, Hormel Foods Corporation 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.

Hormel Foods Corporation's PEG ratio

Hormel Foods Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.5354. 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 Hormel Foods Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Hormel Foods Corporation's EBITDA

Hormel Foods Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$1.3 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Hormel Foods Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Hormel Foods Corporation financials

Revenue TTM USD$9.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.62%
Gross profit TTM USD$1.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.71%
Return on equity TTM 14.03%
Profit margin 9.16%
Book value $12.142
Market capitalisation USD$25.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Hormel Foods Corporation shares

There are currently 15.9 million Hormel Foods Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Hormel Foods Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 31.7% down from 23.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Hormel Foods Corporation shares can be evaluated.

Hormel Foods Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Hormel Foods Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Hormel Foods Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Hormel Foods Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 3.8 million). Hormel Foods Corporation's SIR currently stands at 4.15. In other words for every 100,000 Hormel Foods Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 4150 shares are currently held short.

However Hormel Foods Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Hormel Foods Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Hormel Foods Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Hormel Foods Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Hormel Foods Corporation shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0564% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Hormel Foods Corporation shares, roughly 56 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 Hormel Foods Corporation.

Find out more about how you can short Hormel Foods Corporation stock.

Hormel Foods Corporation'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 Hormel Foods Corporation.

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

Hormel Foods Corporation's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 27

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Hormel Foods Corporation's overall score of 27 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 39th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Hormel Foods Corporation 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.).

Hormel Foods Corporation's environmental score

Environmental score: 12.54/100

Hormel Foods Corporation's environmental score of 12.54 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Hormel Foods Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Hormel Foods Corporation's social score

Social score: 12.16/100

Hormel Foods Corporation's social score of 12.16 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Hormel Foods Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Hormel Foods Corporation's governance score

Governance score: 5.29/100

Hormel Foods Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Hormel Foods Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Hormel Foods Corporation's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Hormel Foods Corporation scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Hormel Foods Corporation has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Hormel Foods Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 27
Total ESG percentile 38.84
Environmental score 12.54
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 12.16
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 5.29
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 2

Hormel Foods Corporation share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 57.82% of net profits

Recently Hormel Foods Corporation has paid out, on average, around 57.82% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.09% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Hormel Foods Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 2.09% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Hormel Foods Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $0.943 per share.

Hormel Foods Corporation'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.

Hormel Foods Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 16 February 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 8 January 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Hormel Foods Corporation's shares ever split?

Hormel Foods Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 10 February 2016. 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 Hormel Foods Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Hormel Foods Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Hormel Foods Corporation's share price.

Hormel Foods Corporation share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Hormel Foods Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as $38.2426 up to $52.4434. 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 Hormel Foods Corporation's is -0.0518. This would suggest that Hormel Foods Corporation's shares have been inversely-correlated to the average (for this exchange) – so when the broader market trended up or down, Hormel Foods Corporation has bucked the trend.

Hormel Foods Corporation overview

Hormel Foods Corporation produces and markets various meat and food products to retail, foodservice, deli, and commercial customers in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Grocery Products, Refrigerated Foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store, and International & Other. It offers various perishable meat products, including fresh meats, frozen items, refrigerated meal solutions, sausages, hams, guacamoles, and bacons; and shelf-stable products, such as canned luncheon meats, peanut butters, chilies, shelf-stable microwaveable meals, hashes, stews, meat spreads, flour and corn tortillas, salsas, tortilla chips, and other products. The company also provides turkey products; nutritional food products and supplements; dessert and drink mixes; and industrial gelatin products. It sells its products under the SKIPPY, SPAM, Hormel, Natural Choice, Applegate, Justin's, Jennie-O, Café H, Herdez, Black Label, Sadler's, Columbus, etc. brand names through sales personnel, as well as through independent brokers and distributors. The company was formerly known as Geo. A. Hormel & Company and changed its name to Hormel Foods Corporation in January 1995. Hormel Foods Corporation was founded in 1891 and is headquartered in Austin, Minnesota.

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