The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 30 (Q2), Hershey met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share increased.
Gross margins increased, operating margins contracted, net margins shrank.
Hershey booked revenue of $1.41 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected sales of $1.42 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 6.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.33 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $0.66. The 15 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $0.61 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.61 for Q2 were 8.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.56 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 43.7%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 16.1%, 100 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.6%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.75 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.90.
Next 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 527 members out of 635 rating the stock outperform, and 108 members rating it underperform. Among 199 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 173 give Hershey a green thumbs-up, and 26 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 $69.93.
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