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General Mills Inc
GIS : NYSE : Consumer Goods
$58.41 | %
Today's Range: 58.11 - 58.57
Avg. Daily Volume: 3,370,300
11/27/15 - 1:01 PM ET

Financial Analysis

GENERAL MILLS INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2015 has increased when compared to the same period a year ago. Even though sales decreased, the net income has increased, representing an increase to the bottom line. GENERAL MILLS INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.37 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has decreased by 20.20% from the same quarter last year. The key liquidity measurements indicate that the company is in a position in which financial difficulties could develop in the near future.

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Income Statement Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Net Sales ($mil)4207.94268.4
EBITDA ($mil)922.2721.8
EBIT ($mil)778.3571.5
Net Income ($mil)426.6345.2

Balance Sheet Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)450.6841.2
Total Assets ($mil)22322.923372.8
Total Debt ($mil)9433.79319.9
Equity ($mil)4949.16202.3

Profitability Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Gross Profit Margin41.1937.23
EBITDA Margin21.9116.91
Operating Margin18.513.39
Sales Turnover0.790.76
Return on Assets5.837.31
Return on Equity26.3227.57
Debt Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Current Ratio0.810.81
Interest Expense75.378.5
Interest Coverage10.347.28

Share Data Q1 FY15 Q1 FY14
Shares outstanding (mil)599.2605.4
Div / share0.440.41
Book value / share8.2610.25
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume3653619.02893483.0


BUY. The current P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 29.83 for the Food Products industry and a premium compared to the S&P 500 average of 21.93. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 6.89 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.77 and a premium versus the industry average of 5.53. The price-to-sales ratio is above the S&P 500 average, but well below the industry average. The valuation analysis reveals that, GENERAL MILLS INC seems to be trading at a discount to investment alternatives within the industry.

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premium   discount
  Price/Cash Flow
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
GIS 26.97 Peers 29.83   GIS 12.87 Peers 33.97

Average. An average P/E ratio can signify an industry neutral price for a stock and an average growth expectation.

GIS is trading at a valuation on par with its peers.


Discount. The P/CF ratio, a stock’s price divided by the company's cash flow from operations, is useful for comparing companies with different capital requirements or financing structures.

GIS is trading at a significant discount to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Price to
1 2 3 4 5
premium   discount
GIS 18.08 Peers 24.05   GIS 0.56 Peers 1.34

Discount. A lower price-to-projected earnings ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower future growth expectations.

GIS is trading at a discount to its peers.


Discount. The PEG ratio is the stock’s P/E divided by the consensus estimate of long-term earnings growth. Faster growth can justify higher price multiples.

GIS trades at a significant discount to its peers.

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premium   discount
  Earnings Growth
1 2 3 4 5
lower   higher
GIS 6.89 Peers 5.53   GIS -21.27 Peers 105.64

Premium. A higher price-to-book ratio makes a stock less attractive to investors seeking stocks with lower market values per dollar of equity on the balance sheet.

GIS is trading at a premium to its peers.


Lower. Elevated earnings growth rates can lead to capital appreciation and justify higher price-to-earnings ratios.

However, GIS is expected to significantly trail its peers on the basis of its earnings growth rate.

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premium   discount
  Sales Growth
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premium   discount
GIS 1.94 Peers 2.87   GIS -1.33 Peers -0.29

Discount. In the absence of P/E and P/B multiples, the price-to-sales ratio can display the value investors are placing on each dollar of sales.

GIS is trading at a significant discount to its industry on this measurement.


Lower. A sales growth rate that trails the industry implies that a company is losing market share.

GIS significantly trails its peers on the basis of sales growth



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