General Mills Inc

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GIS : NYSE : Consumer Goods
$60.77 -0.07 | -0.12%
Today's Range: 60.63 - 61.22
Avg. Daily Volume: 3,347,700
10/27/16 - 3:41 PM ET

Financial Analysis

GENERAL MILLS INC's gross profit margin for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2016 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. Sales and net income have dropped, underperforming the average competitor within its industry. GENERAL MILLS INC has very weak liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 0.42 which clearly shows a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has increased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has remained unchanged 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 FY16 Q1 FY15
Net Sales ($mil)3907.94207.9
EBITDA ($mil)884.6922.2
EBIT ($mil)732.1778.3
Net Income ($mil)409.0426.6

Balance Sheet Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Cash & Equiv. ($mil)765.7450.6
Total Assets ($mil)21913.122322.9
Total Debt ($mil)8871.99433.7
Equity ($mil)4908.34949.1

Profitability Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Gross Profit Margin40.8641.19
EBITDA Margin22.6321.91
Operating Margin18.7318.5
Sales Turnover0.740.79
Return on Assets7.665.83
Return on Equity34.2226.32
Debt Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Current Ratio0.80.81
Interest Expense73.975.3
Interest Coverage9.9110.34

Share Data Q1 FY16 Q1 FY15
Shares outstanding (mil)594.6599.2
Div / share0.480.44
Book value / share8.258.26
Institutional Own % n/a n/a
Avg Daily Volume3356389.03180282.0


BUY. This stock's P/E ratio indicates a discount compared to an average of 25.36 for the Food Products industry and a discount compared to the S&P 500 average of 24.75. Conducting a second comparison, its price-to-book ratio of 7.38 indicates a significant premium versus the S&P 500 average of 2.74 and a premium versus the industry average of 6.03. The current price-to-sales ratio is above both the S&P 500 average and the industry average, indicating a premium.

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  Price/Cash Flow
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GIS 22.14 Peers 25.36   GIS 14.59 Peers 18.46

Discount. A lower P/E ratio than its peers can signify a less expensive stock or lower growth expectations.

GIS is trading at a discount to 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 discount to its peers.

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  Price to
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premium   discount
GIS 17.65 Peers 21.73   GIS 1.83 Peers 4.55

Average. An average price-to-projected earnings ratio can signify an industry neutral stock price and average future growth expectations.

GIS is trading at a valuation on par with 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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  Earnings Growth
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GIS 7.38 Peers 6.03   GIS 30.33 Peers 76.70

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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  Sales Growth
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GIS 2.23 Peers 1.89   GIS -7.44 Peers 0.30

Premium. 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 premium 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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