|Bid||0.00 x 100|
|Ask||110.00 x 800|
|Day's range||106.44 - 108.43|
|52-week range||89.10 - 115.82|
|Beta (3Y monthly)||0.03|
|PE ratio (TTM)||22.15|
|Earnings date||30 Jan 2019 - 4 Feb 2019|
|Forward dividend & yield||2.89 (2.72%)|
|1y target est||101.33|
NEW YORK, Dec. 07, 2018 -- In new independent research reports released early this morning, Market Source Research released its latest key findings for all current investors,.
The majority of Wall Street analysts have been positive on Kraft Heinz (KHC) stock for a while, as the graph below shows. The primary reason behind Wall Street’s favorable outlook has been the company’s rich history of acquiring big brands. Wall Street expects Kraft Heinz to benefit from the consolidation in the food industry. Analysts expect Kraft Heinz will sooner or later announce a big acquisition that could accelerate its sales and earnings growth rate.
Kellogg (K) stock trades at 14.3x its 2018 estimated EPS of $4.31 and 14.2x its 2019 estimated EPS of $4.32, both of which look unattractive based on the projected growth rates of 6.8% and 0.2%, respectively. Kellogg’s top-line growth is likely to slow down in 2019, as the company will annualize its RXBAR acquisition. Meanwhile, an unfavorable mix and pricing pressure could continue to hurt the company.
Does Recent Decline Make Kellogg Stock Attractive? Kellogg (K) annualized its downward adjustment in list price during the third quarter, which is likely to ease the pricing pressure on margins. Kellogg’s mix shift towards low margin categories and markets is expected to hurt its gross margin rate.
Hershey's (HSY) efforts to strengthen brand portfolio through innovation and buyouts bode well. Also, productivity improvements and cost-saving initiatives are likely to help it counter cost woes.
Most of the analysts covering J.M. Smucker (SJM) stock maintain a “neutral” outlook before the results for the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Analysts expect J.M. Smucker’s Ainsworth acquisition to drive its net sales growth rate. Weakness in underlying sales, led by lower pricing, is keeping analysts on the sidelines. J.M. Smucker’s profit margins are expected to contract despite lower green coffee costs, which reflects higher packaging and transportation costs.
J.M. Smucker (SJM) is scheduled to announce its results for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 on November 28. Analysts expect J.M. Smucker to report total revenues of $2.1 billion—up 6.7% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis. Analysts expect the company to continue to benefit from the Ainsworth acquisition.
Leverage from strong sales and margin expansions have helped McCormick (MKC) to exceed analysts’ expectations in the past several quarters. McCormick surpassed Wall Street’s expectations in the past seven consecutive quarters and reported double-digit growth in its earnings in the past four consecutive quarters.
McCormick (MKC) has outperformed its peers with its margin performances in the past several quarters and has managed to expand its margins at an exceptional rate despite higher freight costs.
McCormick (MKC) has impressed with its top line performance in the past four quarters, with its net sales increasing at an average rate of 22.4% in the period. Incremental sales from its acquired brands, continued strength in its core business, new products, and a mix shift toward value-added products supported the company’s top line growth.
Investors Who Overlooked the Food Sector Missed Out on McCormickMcCormick outperforms broader markets and peers
Tyson Foods (TSN) posted net sales of $10.0 billion in the fourth quarter. The company’s net sales fell short of analysts’ expectation of $10.3 billion and declined 1.4% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis. Tyson Foods’ top line also declined sequentially.
The Hershey Company (HSY) announced today that it has agreed to purchase 450,000 shares of its common stock from Hershey Trust Company, as Trustee for the Milton Hershey School Trust, for approximately $48 million, or $106.30 per share. "Hershey regularly buys back shares as part of its stock replenishment program,” said Michele Buck, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hershey Company. The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, Pa., is an industry-leading snacks company known for bringing goodness to the world through its iconic brands, remarkable people and enduring commitment to help children succeed.
Kraft Heinz (KHC) stock fell 7.3% in after-hours trade following the company’s third-quarter results on November 1. Kraft Heinz reported better-than-expected top-line growth. Meanwhile, improvement in organic sales was a positive surprise. However, the company missed analysts’ estimate on the bottom-line front, which didn’t sit well with investors.
Several analysts covering Kellogg (K) stock lowered their target prices following the company’s third-quarter results and reduced the EPS growth outlook. Credit Suisse reduced its target price to $70 per share from $75. Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley lowered the target price on Kellogg stock to $68 from $75. J.P. Morgan lowered the target price to $72 from $78.
Kellogg (K) reported an adjusted EPS of $1.06 during the third quarter—in line with analysts’ projections and an increase of 2.9% YoY (year-over-year). The following graph shows that Kellogg’s EPS growth marked a steep slowdown sequentially.
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Kellogg’s (K) profit margins continued to slide during the third quarter despite the company annualizing the downward adjustment in the pricing following the DSD (direct store delivery). Kellogg’s gross profit margins took a hit from the mix shift towards low margin markets and categories. The DSD transition remained a drag, while Multipro’s consolidation had a negative impact.
On October 31, Kellogg (K) shares fell more than 7% after the company reported its third-quarter results. Kellogg’s top line was slightly ahead of analysts’ expectations. Kellogg’s margins remained challenged.
Mondelēz (MDLZ) reported better-than-expected bottom-line results for the third quarter. Mondelēz’s adjusted EPS of $0.62 jumped 10.7% on a YoY basis and came in ahead of analysts’ estimate of $0.61.
Mondelēz International (MDLZ) reported lower-than-expected net sales during the third quarter. Mondelēz’s net sales of $6.3 billion fell short of analysts’ expectation and decreased 3.7% on a YoY (year-over-year) basis.
Mondelēz (MDLZ) reported mixed third-quarter results on October 29. Mondelēz’s third-quarter net sales missed analysts’ estimate and saw a YoY decline, reflecting the adverse impact from currency rates. However, its stock rose 2.7% after hours, as the company managed to improve its organic sales despite a tough YoY comparison.