Why General Mills Is Poised to Keep Poppin'

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, food giant General Mills (NYSE: GIS  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at General Mills, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

General Mills facts

   

Headquarters (founded)

Minneapolis (1928)

Market Cap

$30.8 billion

Industry

Packaged foods and meats

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$17.1 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Kendall Powell

Vice President/CFO Donal Mulligan

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

23.6%

Cash/Debt

$734.9 million / $8.3 billion

Dividend Yield

2.9%

Competitors

Danone

Kellogg 

Seneca Foods 

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,187 members who have rated General Mills believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, Skepikl, succinctly summed up the General Mills bull case for our community:

Very few management teams can make acquisitions at rational prices and then turn them into earnings. Even fewer can make them improve earnings. [General Mills] and its CEO have performed this magic trick over and over. The dividend increase and yield were enough to take me out of my comfort zone. ... If you think you need some fairly safe yields, think about this instead of wimpy bonds.

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