Can Hershey Still Offer Tasty Returns?

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E = Equity to Debt Ratio Is Weak

The debt-to-equity ratio for Hershey is high. Some people might say that you can do a lot worse than 1.92, but this is far from a comforting number. It’s also much weaker than competitors, Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) and Tootsie Roll Industries (NYSE:TR). The balance sheet for Hershey is also negative, but very manageable.

Debt-To-Equity

Cash

Long-Term Debt

HSY

1.92

$466.23 Million

$1.99 Billion

MDLZ

.80

$3.87 Billion

$29.51 Billion

TR

0.00

$51.69 Million

$0

 

T = Technicals on the Stock Chart Are Strong

Hershey has performed very well over the past three years, far surpassing the performance of its competitors.

1 Month

Year-To-Date

1 Year

3 Year

HSY

4.79%

21.39%

26.47%

119.70%

MDLZ

.50%

-31.00%

-29.80%

.81%

TR

5.71%

17.77%

14.64%

9.95%

 

At 73.31, Hershey is currently trading close to all its averages.

50-Day SMA

73.28

100-Day SMA

73.36

200-Day SMA

73.43

 

E = Earnings and Revenue Are Strong

Annual revenue and earnings have been consistent.  

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Revenue ($)in billions

4.95

5.13

5.30

5.67

6.08

Diluted EPS ($)

.93

1.36

1.90

2.21

2.74

 

Quarterly earnings and revenue have also been consistent. However, there was a decrease in earnings in Q3 YoY.  

9/2011

12/2011

3/2012

6/2012

9/2012

Revenue ($)in billions

1.62

1.57

1.73

1.41

1.75

Diluted EPS ($)

.86

.62

.87

.59

.77

 

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