We are going to take a close look at Hershey Co. (NYSE:HSY) today to get a better sense of the company and its current status, as well as the opportunity it may offer for prospective investors. Today’s focus will be a fundamental evaluation of the stock from top to bottom.
As such, let’s start with the top line: Revenue trends.
Last quarter, the company saw its overall sales move to $1.88B in total revenues. That represents an overall change in revenues, on a quarterly year/year basis, of 0.03%. If we translate that into sequential terms, the company saw sales decline by -0.05% from quarter to quarter.
It?s important to closely track the top line data. There?s no better way to measure the end market’s reception of a company’s products. But no one truly wins without bottom line success, which is what we need to look at next.
Hershey Co. (NYSE:HSY) is intriguing when broken down to its core data. The cost of selling goods last quarter was $973.12M, yielding a gross basic income of $906.56M. For shareholders, given the total diluted outstanding shares of 214.52M, this means an overall earnings per share of $0.58. Note, this compares with a consensus analyst forecast of $1.38 in earnings per share for its next fiscal quarterly report.
Given that data, we now turn to a more thorough glance across analyst expectations for the company going forward.
At present, analysts hold a consensus average recommendation of Hold. This is based on a total of 21. While we don’t suggest taking analyst recommendations as face value plans for action in a portfolio, we do think it is important to note where consensus is on a stock to understand what basic assumptions are perhaps already discounted into market pricing of shares of the stock.
As far as price targets, analysts currently have an average target on shares of at $112.61. In addition, if we turn to next year, we see estimates of a fiscal year forecast to bring about 5.23 in total earnings per share. On a median price to earnings ratio basis, that outlook adds up to a valuation of $20.80 times earnings.
At this point, we?ve taken a thorough look at this company from top to bottom, and gotten a sense of what analysts are expecting. But underneath it all, when push comes to shove, companies make it through tough times on balance sheet strength. With that in mind, we should take a look under the hood here.
As the reader is no doubt aware, for any company, balance sheet health sits at the heart of the company’s capacity to stand up to the demands and obligations incurred by normal and contingent operations, which in turn lies at the core of a company’s ability to retain the faith of investors in the marketplace. For Hershey Co. (NYSE: HSY), the company presently holds about $235.03M in cash in the coffers. That cash is balanced against about $487.65M in total current liabilities.
It’s important to consider both a static and dynamic picture, particularly where debt levels are concerned. This means, we need to take into account any trends. In this case, the company?s debt has been $falling. The company also has $5.34B in total assets, balanced by $4.5B in total liabilities, which suggests where this story might go under adverse economic or financial conditions.
As far as cash flows, the company saw a free cash flow last quarter of $459.69M, representing a quarterly net change in cash of $(36.37M). On a net operating level, the company saw about $560.94M in cash flow.
Let’s take a look at the technical analysis.
The Barchart Technical Opinion rating is a 16% Buy with a Average short term outlook on maintaining the current direction. Longer term, the trend strength is Minimum. Long term indicators fully support a continuation of the trend.
We will update the interesting story of Hershey Co. (NYSE: HSY) as new events transpire.