Home Sectors Consumer Defensive Latest Fundamentals: The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY)

Latest Fundamentals: The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY)


The Hershey Company trades as part of the consumer defensive sector and trades as part of the consumer packaged goods industry. The company CEO is Michele G. Buck. The Hershey Co operates as a confectionery manufacturer in the United States engaged in the chocolate industry. The firm has more than 80 brands, including Hershey’s, Reese’s, Kit Kat, Twizzlers, and Ice Breakers with a business presence across the world.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The HSY stock showed a previous change of 0.19% with an open at 108.72 and a close of 108.63. It reached an intraday high of 109.52 and a low of 108.23.

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The stock has a market cap of $22.8b with 209.8m shares outstanding, of which the float is 208.2m shares. Trading volume reached 1,172,808 shares compared to its average volume of 1,238,892 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is good.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, The Hershey Company shares returned 2.38% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 2.19%. Over three months, it changed 0.63%. In one year it has changed 11.94% and within that year its 52-week high was 110.30 and its 52-week low was 89.10. HSY stock is 21.92% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 99.75 and a 50 day moving average of 106.76. Currently HSY stock is trading 8.90% above its 200 day moving average.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 5.58 that ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 19.47. Based on 7 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 1.27. The TTM EPS is 5.36, which comes to a TTM PE of 20.27. Historically, the PE high was 51.20 and the PE low was 19.47. If the stock reached its PE low, that would represent a price of 104.33, which is a decrease of -3.96%.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  1.26
09-30-2018:  1.55
06-30-2018:  1.14
03-31-2018:  1.41

The dividend per share is currently 2.89, which is a dividend yield of 2.66%. Also, the payout ratio is 53.88%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 87.39, which means it may be overvalued by -24.31%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 0.80% of insider ownership and 79.10% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 3,409,039, which is 1.62% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 2.75. This stock has some short interest, but it may be normal and no cause for concern if long the position.

The current calculated beta is 0.12

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on assets is 17.77%, profit margin is 15.03%, price-to-sales is 2.92 and price-to-book is 18.42.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 0  :Valuation Score
 4  :Past Performance Score
 2  :Financial Strength Score
 2  :Future Growth Score
 5  :Dividend Score
 2  :Overall Score

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