Friday, May 25, 2018

General Mills, Inc. (GIS) Dividend Stock Analysis

Linked here is a detailed quantitative analysis of General Mills, Inc. (GIS). Below are some highlights from the above linked analysis:

Company Description: General Mills, Inc. is a major producer of packaged consumer food products company that produces cereal, yogurt and Betty Crocker desserts/baking mixes.

Fair Value: In calculating fair value, I consider the NPV MMA Differential Fair Value along with these four calculations of fair value, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Avg. High Yield Price
2. 20-Year DCF Price
3. Avg. P/E Price
4. Graham Number

GIS is trading at a discount to 1.) and 3.) above. Since GIS's tangible book value is not meaningful, a Graham number can not be calculated. When also considering the NPV MMA Differential, the stock is trading at a 33.0% premium to its calculated fair value of $31.44. GIS did not earn any Stars in this section.

Dividend Analytical Data: In this section there are three possible Stars and three key metrics, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. Free Cash Flow Payout
2. Debt To Total Capital
3. Key Metrics
4. Dividend Growth Rate
5. Years of Div. Growth
6. Rolling 4-yr Div. > 15%

GIS earned one Star in this section for 1.) above. A Star was earned since the Free Cash Flow payout ratio was less than 60% and there were no negative Free Cash Flows over the last 10 years. The company has paid a cash dividend to shareholders every year since 1898 and has increased its dividend payments for 14 consecutive years.

Dividend Income vs. MMA: Why would you assume the equity risk and invest in a dividend stock if you could earn a better return in a much less risky money market account (MMA) or Treasury bond? This section compares the earning ability of this stock with a high yield MMA. Two items are considered in this section, see page 2 of the linked PDF for a detailed description:

1. NPV MMA Diff.
2. Years to > MMA

The NPV MMA Diff. of the $833 is below the $2,100 target I look for in a stock that has increased dividends as long as GIS has. The stock's current yield of 4.69% exceeds the 3.01% estimated 20-year average MMA rate.

Peers: The company's peer group includes: Kellogg Company (K) with a 3.6% yield, Campbell Soup Company (CPB) with a 3.4% yield and The Hershey Company (HSY) with a 2.8% yield.

Conclusion: GIS did not earn any Stars in the Fair Value section, earned one Star in the Dividend Analytical Data section and did not earn any Stars in the Dividend Income vs. MMA section for a total of one Star. This quantitatively ranks GIS as a 1-Star Very Weak stock.

Using my D4L-PreScreen.xls model, I determined the share price would need to decrease to $28.72 before GIS's NPV MMA Differential increased to the $2,100 minimum that I look for in a stock with 14 years of consecutive dividend increases. At that price the stock would yield 6.8%.

Resetting the D4L-PreScreen.xls model and solving for the dividend growth rate needed to generate the target $2,100 NPV MMA Differential, the calculated rate is 5.9%. This dividend growth rate is higher than the 2.1% used in this analysis, thus providing no margin of safety. GIS has a risk rating of 2.25 which classifies it as a Medium risk stock.

GIS operates in relatively stable end-markets and has good brand strength, which should offer some protection from less expensive products. The company generates consistent free cash flows, with its payout of 53% (down from 62%) below my maximum of 60%. GIS's debt to total capital of 66% (down from 70%) is above my desired maximum of 45%. With a desirable current yield of 4.7%, the company has been on my radar. It is currently trading above my calculated fair value of $31.44. For now I will continue to monitor and wait for a more desirable entry point.

Disclaimer: Material presented here is for informational purposes only. The above quantitative stock analysis, including the Star rating, is mechanically calculated and is based on historical information. The analysis assumes the stock will perform in the future as it has in the past. This is generally never true. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. See my Disclaimer for more information.

Full Disclosure: At the time of this writing, I held no position in GIS (0.0% of my Dividend Growth Portfolio). See a list of all my Dividend Growth Portfolio holdings here.

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