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How to buy General Mills (GIS) shares
Learn how to easily invest in General Mills shares.
General Mills is a packaged foods business based in the US. General Mills stocks (GIS.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $63.97 – a decrease of 1.24% over the previous week. General Mills employs 35,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $18.6 billion.
How to buy shares in General Mills
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- Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – GIS – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
- Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in General Mills?
- Has coronavirus impacted General Mills shares?
- General Mills shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is General Mills stock a buy or sell?
- General Mills performance over time
- Is General Mills suitable for ethical investing?
- Are General Mills shares over-valued?
- General Mills's financials
- How volatile are General Mills shares?
- Does General Mills pay a dividend?
- Have General Mills shares ever split?
- Other common questions
General Mills stock price (NYSE:GIS)Use our graph to track the performance of GIS stocks over time.
General Mills shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$69.03|
|52-week range||$52.57 - $69.95|
|50-day moving average||$65.28|
|200-day moving average||$61.84|
|Wall St. target price||$65.73|
|Dividend yield||$2.04 (2.92%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$3.63|
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Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
Is it a good time to buy General Mills stock?
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General Mills price performance over time
|1 week (2022-01-14)||-1.24%|
|1 month (2021-12-23)||4.61%|
|3 months (2021-10-22)||10.13%|
|6 months (2021-07-23)||16.21%|
|1 year (2021-01-22)||23.33%|
|2 years (2020-01-24)||28.52%|
|3 years (2019-01-24)||58.62%|
|5 years (2017-01-24)||10.15%|
Is General Mills under- or over-valued?
Valuing General Mills stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of General Mills's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
General Mills's P/E ratio
General Mills's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 19x. In other words, General Mills shares trade at around 19x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
General Mills's PEG ratio
General Mills's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 4.1216. 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 General Mills's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
General Mills's EBITDA
General Mills's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $4 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a General Mills's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
General Mills financials
|Revenue TTM||$18.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||18.17%|
|Gross profit TTM||$6.5 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.52%|
|Return on equity TTM||22.72%|
|Market capitalisation||$42.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
General Mills'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 General Mills.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
General Mills's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 27.62
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and General Mills's overall score of 27.62 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 37th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like General Mills 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.).
General Mills's environmental score
Environmental score: 12.04/100
General Mills's environmental score of 12.04 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Mills is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
General Mills's social score
Social score: 12.75/100
General Mills's social score of 12.75 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that General Mills is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
General Mills's governance score
Governance score: 8.32/100
General Mills's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that General Mills is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
General Mills's controversy score
Controversy score: 2/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. General Mills scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that General Mills has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.
General Mills share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 54.99% of net profits
Recently General Mills has paid out, on average, around 54.99% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 2.92% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), General Mills shareholders could enjoy a 2.92% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In General Mills's case, that would currently equate to about $2.04 per share.
General Mills'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.
General Mills's most recent dividend payout was on 31 January 2022. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 January 2022 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have General Mills's shares ever split?
General Mills's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 8 June 2010. 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 General Mills shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for General Mills shares which in turn could have impacted General Mills's share price.
General Mills share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, General Mills's shares have ranged in value from as little as $52.5712 up to $69.95. 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 General Mills's is 0.5246. This would suggest that General Mills's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
General Mills overview
General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company operates in five segments: North America Retail; Convenience Stores & Foodservice; Europe & Australia; Asia & Latin America; and Pet. It offers ready-to-eat cereals, refrigerated yogurt, soup, meal kits, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, bakery flour, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, snack bars, fruit and salty snacks, ice cream, nutrition bars, wellness beverages, and savory and grain snacks, as well as various organic products, including frozen and shelf-stable vegetables. It also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the North American foodservice and commercial baking industries; and manufactures and markets pet food products, including dog and cat food. The company markets its products under the Annie's, Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Blue Buffalo, Blue Basics, Blue Freedom, Bugles, Cascadian Farm, Cheerios, Chex, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, EPIC, Fiber One, Food Should Taste Good, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, Gardetto's, Go-Gurt, Gold Medal, Golden Grahams, Häagen-Dazs, Helpers, Jus-Rol, Kitano, Kix, Lärabar, Latina, Liberté, Lucky Charms, Muir Glen, Nature Valley, Oatmeal Crisp, Old El Paso, Oui, Pillsbury, Progresso, Raisin Nut Bran, Total, Totino's, Trix, Wanchai Ferry, Wheaties, Wilderness, Yoki, and Yoplait trademarks. It sells its products directly, as well as through broker and distribution arrangements to grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership stores, natural food chains, e-commerce retailers, commercial and noncommercial foodservice distributors and operators, restaurants, convenience stores, and pet specialty stores, as well as drug, dollar, and discount chains.
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