The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Hershey's revenues will grow 6.9% and EPS will grow 8.9%.
The average estimate for revenue is $1.42 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.61.
Last quarter, Hershey reported revenue of $1.73 billion. GAAP reported sales were 11% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.56 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
Last quarter, non-GAAP EPS came in at $0.96. GAAP EPS of $0.87 for Q1 were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.70 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the preceding quarter, gross margin was 44.0%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.7%, 240 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.5%, 130 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $6.58 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.20.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 525 members out of 632 rating the stock outperform, and 107 members rating it underperform. Among 198 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 173 give Hershey a green thumbs-up, and 25 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Hershey is outperform, with an average price target of $62.38.
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