), a meat products company, scaled a new 52-week high of $49.56
during its trading session on Jun 3. This marks a nominal increase
from the previous high of $49.37 hit a day ago.
Hormel closed the session at $49.49, reflecting a solid return
of 26.5% in the past one year. The trading volume for the session
was 957K shares. An expected earnings growth rate of 8.0% over the
next five years indicates further upside potential for the
Hormel posted improved year-over-year results for the second
quarter of fiscal 2014 (ended Apr 27, 2014). Earnings came in at 52
cents per share, up nearly 13% from the year-ago quarter. Share
prices rose roughly 2.0% after the results were announced before
the opening bell on May 21.
In the reported quarter, revenues grew around 4% year over year
to $2.2 billion driven by increased contribution from acquisitions.
The Skippy acquisition made in Jan 2013 continues to be accretive
for the company. The business is expected to grow further in the
coming quarters, thus improving revenues and margins. Moreover,
Hormel's spend on advertising is expected to create an awareness
about its products and in turn, lead to increased sales.
Hormel is optimistic about results in the quarters ahead, based
on its organic as well as inorganic growth. The company is also
expected to launch products in the near term to gain a higher
market share. However, increased cost of raw materials might drag
earnings per share toward the lower end of the $2.17-$2.27 range,
as guided by the management.
The impressive quarter results project an encouraging future
outlook for the company. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Hormel is
pegged at $2.18 for fiscal 2014 and at $2.47 for fiscal 2015,
reflecting year-over-year growth rates of 11.8% and 13.5%,
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With a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), Hormel currently has a market
capitalization of $13.1 billion. Some better-ranked stocks in the
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