Investor’s Toolkit: Key Ratios for Assessing Hershey Company (HSY)’s Performance

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Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY) closed the day trading at $182.73 down -0.17% from the previous closing price of $183.05. In other words, the price has decreased by -$0.17 from its previous closing price. On the day, 2.29 million shares were traded. HSY stock price reached its highest trading level at $184.7 during the session, while it also had its lowest trading level at $181.34.


For a better understanding of HSY, let’s look at its different ratios. It provided that stocks Price–to–Cash (P/C) ratio for the trailing twelve months (TTM) is standing at 71.01 whereas its Price-to-Free Cash Flow (P/FCF) for the term is 27.81. For the most recent quarter (mrq), Quick Ratio is recorded 0.64 and its Current Ratio is at 0.97. In the meantime, Its Debt-to-Equity ratio is 1.39 whereas as Long-Term Debt/Eq ratio is at 0.99.

On March 26, 2024, Exane BNP Paribas Downgraded its rating to Neutral which previously was Outperform but kept the price unchanged to $208.

Morgan Stanley Downgraded its Equal-Weight to Underweight on February 12, 2024, whereas the target price for the stock was revised from $191 to $183.

Insider Transactions:

The insider trade also gives investors a glimpse into the future direction of stock prices, which can be beneficial to investors. A recent insider transaction in this stock occurred on May 23 ’24 when Voskuil Steven E sold 1,500 shares for $204.54 per share. The transaction valued at 306,810 led to the insider holds 37,228 shares of the business.

Raup Charles R sold 2,065 shares of HSY for $427,455 on May 20 ’24. The President, U.S. Confection now owns 24,310 shares after completing the transaction at $207.00 per share. On Apr 23 ’24, another insider, Voskuil Steven E, who serves as the SVP, Chief Financial Officer of the company, sold 1,500 shares for $185.83 each. As a result, the insider received 278,745 and left with 38,728 shares of the company.

Valuation Measures:

Investors should consider key stock statistics when deciding whether to invest or divest. In the wake of the recent closing price, HSY now has a Market Capitalization of 36953300992 and an Enterprise Value of 42129666048. As of this moment, Hershey’s Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio for their current fiscal year is 18.10, and their Forward P/E ratio for the next fiscal year is 18.73. The expected Price-to-Earnings-to-Growth (PEG) calculation for the next 5 years is 9.16. For the stock, the TTM Price-to-Sale (P/S) ratio is 3.23 while its Price-to-Book (P/B) ratio in mrq is 8.99. Its current Enterprise Value per Revenue stands at 3.686 whereas that against EBITDA is 13.017.

Stock Price History:

Over the past 52 weeks, HSY has reached a high of $262.30, while it has fallen to a 52-week low of $178.82. The 50-Day Moving Average of the stock is -6.15%, while the 200-Day Moving Average is calculated to be -5.83%.

Shares Statistics:

Over the past 3-months, HSY traded about 1.70M shares per day on average, while over the past 10 days, HSY traded about 1236710 shares per day. A total of 149.78M shares are outstanding, with a floating share count of 147.13M. Insiders hold about 27.25% of the company’s shares, while institutions hold 59.64% stake in the company. Shares short for HSY as of 1715731200 were 4080937 with a Short Ratio of 2.95, compared to 1713139200 on 3982693. Therefore, it implies a Short% of Shares Outstanding of 4080937 and a Short% of Float of 3.1300000000000003.

Dividends & Splits

HSY’s forward annual dividend rate is 5.12, up from 4.79 a year ago. Against a Trailing Annual Dividend Yield of 0.026167713The stock’s 5-year Average Dividend Yield is 1.97.

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