General Mills Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (GIS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- General Mills (NYSE: GIS) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A+ . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 43.60% is the gross profit margin for GENERAL MILLS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 13.54% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $488.80 million or 10.88% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -22.35%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food Products industry. The net income increased by 35.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $405.60 million to $548.90 million.

General Mills, Inc. manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. General Mills has a market cap of $26.63 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full General Mills Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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