The Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) has a rich history of rewarding shareholders with growing profits and increasing dividends. The Hershey Company gets overlooked to their short dividend growth streak of 5 years after holding the dividend steady during the financial crisis. After reduced guidance for FY 2015 along with struggling expansion into the Chinese market, the share price is down over 13% YTD which has brought the valuation down to a better territory. The Hershey Company closed trading on Thursday, July 2nd at $90.04 giving investors a current yield of 2.38%.
The following tables/graphs are taken from my personal stock analysis spreadsheet. Data for the stock analysis was sourced from The Hershey Company's investor relations page, Morningstar, and Yahoo Finance.
Historic Growth Rates:
Historically, owners of Hershey Company have earned decent returns. According to longrundata.com, HSY has delivered investors with a total return of 84.1% or 6.3% annualized returns over the last 10 years. Those numbers are market returns at specific snapshots in time and aren't necessarily indicative of the business results over the same time period. Looking at the historic growth rates for per share dividends, earnings, revenue, and free cash flow gives a better idea of the true operational results that Hershey has delivered.
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