The Hershey Company is a confectioners business based in the US. The Hershey Company stocks (HSY.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $183.5 – an increase of 0.41% over the previous week. The Hershey Company employs 15,200 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $8.8 billion.
How to buy shares in The Hershey Company
- Compare share trading platforms. Use our comparison table to help you find a platform that fits you.
- Open your brokerage account. Complete an application with your details.
- Confirm your payment details. Fund your account.
- Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – HSY – 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.
- Check in on your investment. Optimize your portfolio by tracking your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Can I buy shares in The Hershey Company?
- Has coronavirus impacted The Hershey Company shares?
- The Hershey Company shares summary
- Compare share dealing platforms
- Is The Hershey Company stock a buy or sell?
- The Hershey Company performance over time
- Is The Hershey Company suitable for ethical investing?
- Are The Hershey Company shares over-valued?
- The Hershey Company's financials
- How volatile are The Hershey Company shares?
- Does The Hershey Company pay a dividend?
- Have The Hershey Company shares ever split?
- Other common questions
The Hershey Company stock price (NYSE:HSY)Use our graph to track the performance of HSY stocks over time.
The Hershey Company shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$200.35|
|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|
|Dividend yield||$3.313 (1.81%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$6.89|
Compare online stock trading platforms
Note: The dollar amounts in the table below are in Canadian dollars.
Is it a good time to buy The Hershey Company stock?
The technical analysis gauge below displays real-time ratings for the timeframes you select. This is not a recommendation, however. It represents a technical analysis based on the most popular technical indicators: Moving Averages, Oscillators and Pivots. Finder might not concur and takes no responsibility.
The Hershey Company price performance over time
|1 week (2022-01-14)||0.41%|
|1 month (2021-12-23)||6.31%|
|3 months (2021-10-22)||10.02%|
|6 months (2021-07-23)||11.77%|
|1 year (2021-01-22)||35.19%|
|2 years (2020-01-24)||29.53%|
|3 years (2019-01-24)||90.14%|
|5 years (2017-01-24)||88.09%|
Is The Hershey Company under- or over-valued?
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%|
|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 01/01/2019) 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.
The Hershey Company share dividends
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 15 December 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 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 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.
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. .
Stocks similar to The Hershey Company
The Hershey Company in the news
Altria (MO) Gears Up for Q4 Earnings: Key Factors to Note
What to watch today: Wall Street to open lower after Nasdaq's worst week since March 2020
Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: Kohl's, Snap, Peloton and more
Frequently asked questions
Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of futures, stocks, ETFs, options or any specific provider, service or offering. It should not be relied upon as investment advice or construed as providing recommendations of any kind. Futures, stocks, ETFs and options trading involves substantial risk of loss and therefore are not appropriate for all investors. Trading forex on leverage comes with a higher risk of losing money rapidly. Past performance is not an indication of future results. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before making any trades.
More guides on Finder
Go Auto Review
Use Go Auto to shop for new or used vehicles from multiple dealerships, with no hidden fees and access to bad credit financing.
How to buy Aritzia stock in Canada
Steps to owning and managing Aritzia (ATZ) stock, with 24-hour and historical pricing before you buy.
CI Direct Trading review
Get low fees and access many different types of accounts, platforms and investments with this reputable online broker.
Hifi Finance (MFT) price prediction
Read our expert analysis on Hifi Finance and how the token will perform in the future.
Kusama (KSM) price prediction
Read our expert analysis on Kusama and how the token will perform in the future.
How to buy The Sandbox (SAND) in Canada
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to buy The Sandbox, lists some exchanges where you can get it and provides daily price data on SAND.
COVID testing stocks
We’ve rounded up stats on some of the most popular COVID testing stocks, along with information on how they compare and how to invest.
Shiba Inu (SHIB) price, history and performance
This guide explores the different ways of buying Shiba Inu on a cryptocurrency exchange as well as where you should store your cryptocurrency.
Baby Doge Coin (BABYDOGE) price, chart, coin profile and news
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to buy Baby Doge Coin, lists some exchanges where you can get it and provides daily price data on BABYDOGE.
Pendle (PENDLE) price, chart, coin profile and news
This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to buy Pendle, lists some exchanges where you can get it and provides daily price data on PENDLE.