The 10-second takeaway
Comparing the upcoming quarter to the prior-year quarter, average analyst estimates predict Hershey's revenues will increase 6.9% and EPS will expand 7.6%.
The average estimate for revenue is $1.51 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.71.
Last quarter, Hershey booked revenue of $1.83 billion. GAAP reported sales were 5.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.73 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 $1.09. GAAP EPS of $1.06 for Q1 were 22% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.87 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 46.5%, 250 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 21.8%, 110 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 13.2%, 170 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
The full year's average estimate for revenue is $7.06 billion. The average EPS estimate is $3.65.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 539 members out of 647 rating the stock outperform, and 108 members rating it underperform. Among 209 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 187 give Hershey a green thumbs-up, and 22 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 $82.20.
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