Jefferies Financial Group Research Analysts Increase Earnings Estimates for General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS)

General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS – Get Rating) – Equities research analysts at Jefferies Financial Group boosted their Q2 2023 EPS estimates for shares of General Mills in a research note issued to investors on Thursday, November 10th. Jefferies Financial Group analyst R. Dickerson now forecasts that the company will earn $1.05 per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of $1.04. The consensus estimate for General Mills’ current full-year earnings is $4.08 per share. Jefferies Financial Group also issued estimates for General Mills’ Q3 2023 earnings at $0.90 EPS, Q4 2023 earnings at $1.04 EPS, FY2023 earnings at $4.10 EPS, FY2024 earnings at $4.35 EPS, Q1 2025 earnings at $1.15 EPS and FY2025 earnings at $4.60 EPS.

Several other research analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on shares of General Mills from $66.00 to $71.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 22nd. The Goldman Sachs Group upped their price target on shares of General Mills from $64.00 to $71.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 10th. BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on shares of General Mills from $80.00 to $85.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 22nd. Piper Sandler upped their price target on shares of General Mills from $80.00 to $88.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 22nd. Finally, StockNews.com began coverage on shares of General Mills in a research note on Wednesday, October 12th. They issued a “buy” rating for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat, the stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $76.38.

General Mills Price Performance

NYSE GIS opened at $79.58 on Friday. General Mills has a 52 week low of $61.41 and a 52 week high of $82.10. The company has a current ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 0.35 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.78. The stock has a market cap of $47.23 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.75, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.60 and a beta of 0.34. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $77.73 and a two-hundred day moving average price of $74.48.

General Mills (NYSE:GIS – Get Rating) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, September 21st. The company reported $1.11 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.00 by $0.11. General Mills had a net margin of 15.13% and a return on equity of 23.87%. The business had revenue of $4.72 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.72 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.99 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.9% compared to the same quarter last year.

General Mills Announces Dividend

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, November 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, October 10th were paid a $0.54 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, October 6th. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.71%. General Mills’s dividend payout ratio is presently 45.47%.

Insider Buying and Selling at General Mills

In other General Mills news, insider Shawn P. Ogrady sold 15,088 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.57, for a total value of $1,215,640.16. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 76,044 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,126,865.08. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. In other General Mills news, insider Shawn P. Ogrady sold 15,088 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.57, for a total value of $1,215,640.16. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 76,044 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,126,865.08. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, CEO Jeffrey L. Harmening sold 37,895 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.00, for a total transaction of $3,031,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 279,482 shares in the company, valued at approximately $22,358,560. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 96,575 shares of company stock worth $7,701,172. 0.67% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of GIS. Geneva Partners LLC grew its stake in General Mills by 2.0% in the 3rd quarter. Geneva Partners LLC now owns 6,579 shares of the company’s stock valued at $504,000 after buying an additional 126 shares during the last quarter. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. grew its stake in General Mills by 0.5% in the 3rd quarter. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. now owns 27,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,129,000 after buying an additional 129 shares during the last quarter. Physicians Financial Services Inc. grew its stake in General Mills by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter. Physicians Financial Services Inc. now owns 13,353 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,007,000 after buying an additional 131 shares during the last quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC grew its stake in General Mills by 1.6% in the 3rd quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC now owns 8,212 shares of the company’s stock valued at $629,000 after buying an additional 132 shares during the last quarter. Finally, West Coast Financial LLC grew its stake in General Mills by 3.5% in the 3rd quarter. West Coast Financial LLC now owns 3,954 shares of the company’s stock valued at $303,000 after buying an additional 132 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 75.48% of the company’s stock.

About General Mills

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General Mills, Inc manufactures and markets branded consumer foods worldwide. The company operates in five segments: North America Retail; Convenience Stores & Foodservice; Europe & Australia; Asia & Latin America; and Pet. It offers ready-to-eat cereals, refrigerated yogurt, soup, meal kits, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, bakery flour, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, snack bars, fruit and salty snacks, ice cream, nutrition bars, wellness beverages, and savory and grain snacks, as well as various organic products, including frozen and shelf-stable vegetables.

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Earnings History and Estimates for General Mills (NYSE:GIS)

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