Hershey Company Investors Should Focus on This

Hershey Company marked a 0.6% change today, compared to 1.0% for the S&P 500. Is it a good value at today's price of $190.3? Only an in-depth analysis can answer that question, but here are some facts that can give you an idea:

  • The Hershey Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of confectionery products and pantry items in the United States and internationally.

  • Hershey Company belongs to the Consumer Staples sector, which has an average price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 24.36 and an average price to book (P/B) of 4.29

  • The company's P/B ratio is 10.53

  • Hershey Company has a trailing 12 month Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of 21.9 based on its trailing 12 month price to earnings (EPS) of $8.68 per share

  • Its forward P/E ratio is 18.5, based on its forward earnings per share (EPS) of $10.27

  • HSY has a Price to Earnings Growth (PEG) ratio of 2.25, which shows the company is overvalued when we factor growth into the price to earnings calculus.

  • Over the last four years, Hershey Company has averaged free cash flows of $2.17 Billion, which on average grew 0.0%

  • HSY's gross profit margins have averaged 45.0 % over the last four years and during this time they had a growth rate of 0.1 % and a coefficient of variability of 2.4 %.

  • Hershey Company has moved -18.0% over the last year compared to 11.0% for the S&P 500 -- a difference of -29.0%

  • HSY has an average analyst rating of buy and is -21.12% away from its mean target price of $241.24 per share

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