The Top Food Products Stocks For 2016

Published Sat, 16 Apr 2016 15:15 CET by DividendYields.org

The Diversified Food industry includes large caps like Kraft Heinz (Nasdaq: KHC) and Mondelez International (Nasdaq: MDLZ), but it also includes mid caps that outperform the index and deliver shareholder value. The industry includes companies that engage in the manufacturing and marketing of a range of different packaged food products, including snacks, dairy products, packaged dinners, and processed meats, among others.
This article discusses three stocks that trade in the diversified food industry. Their average debt-to-equity ratio is 0.23 and their average beta is 0.56, both indicating safe stocks with successful debt management. The average dividend yield of all three companies is close to 2%, whereas their payout ratio is 28.1%. What is impressive though is that the only mid cap in this article, Cal-Maine Foods, has the highest dividend yield and the highest dividend growth of all three companies, thus having a high growth potential.

Cal-Maine Foods, Hormel Foods and Tyson Foods YTD Stock Performance Graph
Cal-Maine Foods (Nasdaq: CALM) is a Jackson, Mississippi-based company that engages in the production, grading, packaging, marketing and distribution of shell eggs in the United States. Cal-Maine offers specialty shell eggs, including nutritionally enhanced, cage free, organic, and brown eggs to a network of national and regional grocery store chains, club stores, foodservice distributors, and egg product consumers. The company sells its products under the Egg-Land’s Best, Land O’Lake, Farmhouse, and 4-Grain brand names, as well as under private labels.

General Overview: Cal-Maine has outperformed the market +13.06% YTD. In terms of quarter results, in the third quarter of 2016, the company has demonstrated a quarterly revenues growth 0.44% YoY, exceeding the industry average of 0.25%. Revenues growth has helped boost EPS, which reached $7.22, up 581% YoY from $1.06 in the third quarter of 2015. Moreover, the company’s debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02, suggesting a very successful debt management, which combined to the company’s quick ratio of 2.17, indicates the ability of Cal-Maine to cover its short-term liquidity needs.

Q3 2016 Results: Revenues reached $450 million, up 2.8% YoY from $437.6 in the third quarter 2015, generating a gross profit margin of 29.5% from 25.7%. Total operating expenses were in line, 0.4% down YoY to $364 million from $365.5 million, whereas operating income was up 19.1% YoY to $85.8 million from $72 million and net income was up 26.1% YoY to $64.2 million from $50.9 million in the same period last year. Operating cash flow reached $195.3 million, up 57.6% YoY from $123.9.

Dividend Growth: Cal-Maine declares an annualized dividend of $1.76 per share, yielding 3.36% at a payout ratio of 24%. The company’s dividend growth in the period 2006- 2016 is 342% annually, suggesting that Cal-Maine is consistently delivering value to its shareholders through cash dividends.

Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL) is an Austin, Minnesota-headquartered company that operates in the production and marketing of various meat and food products both in the United States and internationally. Through its Grocery Products, Refrigerated Foods, Jennie-O Turkey Store, Specialty Foods, and International & Other segments, Hormel Foods offers a range of perishable meat products, including fresh meats, frozen items, and refrigerated meal solutions, as well as poultry products, and nutritional food products and supplements.

General Overview: Hormel Foods has outperformed the market +2.87% YTD. Given that analyst consensus has set the average twelve-month target price at $40.41 and the stock trades at $40.63, it is wise to expect an upward revision of target price. Currently, Hormel Foods trades 11.13% lower than its 52w high. In terms of quarter results, in spite of the slight decline of 0.04% in quarterly revenues growth, Hormel Foods has an EPS of $1.38, in line with the industry average and a 5y PEG of 1.72, which exceeds the industry average of 1.37.

Q1 2016 Results: Revenues declined 4.3% YoY to $2.29 billion from $2.40 billion in Q1 2015 as a result of the deflationary environment of the raw materials, yet gross profit margin increased to 24.3% from 18.6%. Total operating expenses declined 9.2% YoY to $1.9 billion from 2.1 billion, leading to an operating income of $359.5 million, up 35.2% YoY from $266.0 million and a net income of $235.1 million, up 36.9% YoY from $171.7 million in the same period last year.

Debt Management: Hormel Foods has a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06, indicating effective debt management. Currently, the company has $185 million of short-term debt that relates to the Applegate acquisition and $250 million of long-term debt, which allows Hormel Foods to continue seeking for new investments.

Dividend & Future Outlook: Hormel Foods declares an annualized dividend of $0.58 per share, yielding 1.43% at a payout ratio of 42%. The company’s dividend growth in the period 2000- 2016 is 65.7% or 4.1% annually. Although revenue growth is relatively challenged, Hormel Foods is expected to continue releasing favorable operating income and net income results, expecting an EPS in the range of $1.50 to $1.56.

Name Price ($) 52 wk low 52 wk high 52 wk low % 52 wk high % Market Cap ($ b) P/E D/E Beta Payout Ratio
Cal-Maine Foods 51.94 39.29 63.25 32.20% -17.88% 2.54 7.26 0.02 0.84 24%
Hormel Foods 39.46 27.08 45.72 45.72% -13.69% 21.56 19.48 0.06 0.62 42%
Tyson Foods 65.33 37.24 68.84 75.43% -5.10% 24.58 20.40 0.61 0.21 18%

Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) is a Springdale, Arkansas-based food production company that operates through Chicken, Beef, Pork, Prepared Foods and International segments. Tyson Foods raises and processes chicken, beef, and pork into fresh and frozen products, and sales of allied products. The company also manufactures and markets frozen and refrigerated food products and logistics operations of products through the supply chain.

General Overview: Tyson Foods has outperformed the market +28.19% YTD, whereas the consensus average twelve-month target price is $68.73. Currently, the stock trades 0.68% lower than its 52w high and given its recent performance (+26.47% in 3m), it is expected that the target price will be revised upward. Tyson Foods has a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, suggesting effective debt management and its beta is 0.21. In terms of quarter results, quarterly revenues growth declined 0.15%, yet the company’s EPS of $3.35 exceeds the industry average of $1.38.

Q1 2016 Results: In the first quarter of 2016, Tyson Foods reported the following results:

  • Revenues $9.15 billion, down 15.4% YoY from $10.8 billion
  • Gross profit margin 13.1% from 8.8%
  • Total operating expenses $8.4 billion, down 18.7% YoY from $10.3 billion
  • Operating income $776 million, up 52.5% YoY from $509 million
  • Net income $461 million, up 49.2% YoY from $309 million
  • Operating cash flow $2.6 billion, up 118.2% YoY from $1.18 billion
  • Dividend per share $0.60, yielding 0.88% at a payout ratio of 18%

Share Buyback: With the record operating income, net income and operating cash flow, Tyson Foods has been able to repurchase 6.4 million shares for $300 million in the first quarter of 2016. Through the second quarter of 2016, the company has repurchased 3.9 million shares for $200 million, thereby reaching a total of 16.2 million shares for $750 million over the past seven months. Also, following Tyson Foods’ excellent Q1 2016 results, the BOD has approved an increase of the shares authorized for repurchase under this program by 50 million shares.


Stock name Dividend Yield
Kraft Heinz 4.86
Tyson Foods 2.10
Mondelez International 2.07
Hormel Foods 2.04
Cal-maine Foods 1.43

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