The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Hershey's revenues will grow 6.4% and EPS will increase 8.3%.
The average estimate for revenue is $1.84 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.04.
Last quarter, Hershey booked revenue of $1.75 billion. GAAP reported sales were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.57 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 $0.74. GAAP EPS of $0.66 for Q4 were 6.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.62 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 43.3%, 160 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 15.6%, 80 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 8.6%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.10 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.65.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 531 members out of 638 rating the stock outperform, and 107 members rating it underperform. Among 213 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 190 give Hershey a green thumbs-up, and 23 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Hershey is hold, with an average price target of $75.06.
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