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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.10
GIS's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
58% of the 1425 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.74 vs. GIS: 0.10 )
GIS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 0.18
Current: 0.1

0
0.18
Equity to Asset 0.28
GIS's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
57% of the 1414 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.53 vs. GIS: 0.28 )
GIS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.06   Max: 0.34
Current: 0.28

-0.06
0.34
Interest Coverage 8.54
GIS's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
58% of the 902 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 16.21 vs. GIS: 8.54 )
GIS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 8.55
Current: 8.54

2.6
8.55
F-Score: 4
Z-Score: 2.99
M-Score: -2.61
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 16.04
GIS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 1410 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.72 vs. GIS: 16.04 )
GIS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 13.62   Max: 22.09
Current: 16.04

13.62
22.09
Net-margin (%) 10.44
GIS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1411 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.99 vs. GIS: 10.44 )
GIS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 5.76   Max: 12.2
Current: 10.44

5.76
12.2
ROE (%) 27.80
GIS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 1393 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 7.25 vs. GIS: 27.80 )
GIS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 12.81   Max: 1278.85
Current: 27.8

12.81
1278.85
ROA (%) 8.19
GIS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 1408 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.78 vs. GIS: 8.19 )
GIS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 2.77   Max: 14.46
Current: 8.19

2.77
14.46
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 68.15
GIS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1406 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.04 vs. GIS: 68.15 )
GIS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 32.55   Max: 79.93
Current: 68.15

32.55
79.93
Revenue Growth (%) 7.60
GIS's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1092 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. GIS: 7.60 )
GIS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -1   Max: 18.2
Current: 7.6

-1
18.2
EBITDA Growth (%) 5.40
GIS's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 973 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.90 vs. GIS: 5.40 )
GIS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 1.3   Max: 18.1
Current: 5.4

1.3
18.1
EPS Growth (%) 7.60
GIS's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 891 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.90 vs. GIS: 7.60 )
GIS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -7.2   Max: 31.3
Current: 7.6

-7.2
31.3
» GIS's 10-Y Financials

Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

GIS Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Jim Simons 1,554,500 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 51,220 sh (+712.76%)
Joel Greenblatt 83,504 sh (+589.15%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,372,654 sh (+90.56%)
Paul Tudor Jones 12,100 sh (+47.56%)
Ken Fisher 5,641 sh (+28.18%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 102,955 sh (+3.33%)
Dodge & Cox 11,200 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 75,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman Sold Out
Bill Frels 2,504,808 sh (-0.86%)
Mario Gabelli 2,765,445 sh (-2.7%)
Diamond Hill Capital 3,340,248 sh (-9.3%)
Pioneer Investments 1,103,361 sh (-9.78%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 14,400 sh (-19.93%)
Ray Dalio 10,206 sh (-88.28%)
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Q3 2013

GIS Guru Trades in Q3 2013

John Hussman 500,000 sh (New)
Ruane Cunniff 200,447 sh (New)
Jim Simons 3,222,500 sh (+107.3%)
Jeremy Grantham 3,090,422 sh (+30.25%)
Paul Tudor Jones 13,800 sh (+14.05%)
Mario Gabelli 2,772,212 sh (+0.24%)
Steven Cohen 92,200 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 11,200 sh (unchged)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 14,400 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Diamond Hill Capital 3,339,128 sh (-0.03%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 102,735 sh (-0.21%)
Bill Frels 2,487,171 sh (-0.7%)
Pioneer Investments 1,075,691 sh (-2.51%)
Ken Fisher 5,244 sh (-7.04%)
Joel Greenblatt 54,456 sh (-34.79%)
Steven Cohen 18,848 sh (-63.2%)
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Q4 2013

GIS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Joel Greenblatt 147,768 sh (+171.35%)
Steven Cohen 41,599 sh (+120.71%)
Ken Fisher 5,604 sh (+6.86%)
Pioneer Investments 1,145,522 sh (+6.49%)
Diamond Hill Capital 3,453,055 sh (+3.41%)
Bill Frels 2,571,189 sh (+3.38%)
Steven Cohen 55,000 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 11,200 sh (unchged)
Ruane Cunniff 200,447 sh (unchged)
Mario Gabelli 2,755,562 sh (-0.6%)
Jeremy Grantham 3,056,119 sh (-1.11%)
John Hussman 408,000 sh (-18.4%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 10,200 sh (-29.17%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 66,506 sh (-35.26%)
Jim Simons 1,911,000 sh (-40.7%)
Paul Tudor Jones 6,211 sh (-54.99%)
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Q1 2014

GIS Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 66,351 sh (-0.23%)
Ken Fisher 4,904 sh (-12.49%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with GIS

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Hussman 2013-12-31 Reduce -18.4%0.24%$47.41 - $51.53 $ 52.195%408000
Joel Greenblatt 2013-12-31 Add 171.35%0.11%$47.41 - $51.53 $ 52.195%147768
John Hussman 2013-09-30 New Buy1.3%$48.08 - $52.73 $ 52.194%500000
Ruane Cunniff 2013-09-30 New Buy0.06%$48.08 - $52.73 $ 52.194%200447
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Reduce -34.79%0.06%$48.08 - $52.73 $ 52.194%54456
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Sold Out $48.08 - $52.73 $ 52.194%0
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 Add 589.15%0.15%$47.08 - $50.93 $ 52.196%83504
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Reduce -88.28%0.03%$47.08 - $50.93 $ 52.196%10206
John Hussman 2013-06-30 Sold Out $47.08 - $50.93 $ 52.196%0
Mario Gabelli 2013-03-31 Reduce -50.96%0.44%$40.42 - $49.31 $ 52.1918%2842136
John Hussman 2013-03-31 Reduce -99.81%0.32%$40.42 - $49.31 $ 52.1918%1125
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Reduce -64.26%0.03%$40.42 - $49.31 $ 52.1918%12117
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Reduce -63.86%0.03%$40.42 - $49.31 $ 52.1918%87106
Dodge & Cox 2013-03-31 Reduce -50%$40.42 - $49.31 $ 52.1918%11200
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Guru Investment Theses on General Mills Inc

Bill Nygren Comments on General Mills Inc. - Apr 08, 2014

General Mills, Inc. (GIS - $52)(GIS)
We believe General Mills is a high quality, well-managed packaged foods company with exposure to fast-growing product categories. The company has an impressive track record of stable earnings growth, and it has consistently returned most of its strong free cash flow to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends. We think revenue and margins will continue to grow, primarily driven by its international business. The company has an attractive global cereal joint venture with Nestle, which often gets overlooked by investors. With consistent profit growth and a shrinking share base, we like its prospects for per-share value growth. In addition, General Mills has a dividend yield of 3.2%.

From Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio)'s Oakmark Fund first quarter 2014 commentary.

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Columbia Management Comments on General Mills - Jan 23, 2013


We closed our position in General Mills (GIS) during the quarter. The diversified food products maker is a high-quality name, but management addressed the explosion in demand for the Greek yogurt too late in our view. (Yogurt is approximately 9% of sales at General Mills.) Additionally, rising input costs for cereal and increasing competition in the category have been squeezing net margins. With declining potential for stock gains, we elected to close the position.
From Columbia Wanger’s fourth quarter commentary.


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Top Ranked Articles about General Mills Inc

Bill Nygren Comments on General Mills Inc.
General Mills, Inc. (GIS - $52)(GIS)
We believe General Mills is a high quality, well-managed packaged foods company with exposure to fast-growing product categories. The company has an impressive track record of stable earnings growth, and it has consistently returned most of its strong free cash flow to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends. We think revenue and margins will continue to grow, primarily driven by its international business. The company has an attractive global cereal joint venture with Nestle, which often gets overlooked by investors. With consistent profit growth and a shrinking share base, we like its prospects for per-share value growth. In addition, General Mills has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Read more...
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John Hussman runs the Hussman Funds, a group of long-term oriented group of diversified mutual funds, and regularly shares his economic point of view in the well-known Weekly Market Commentary. In the third quarter, he bought 27 new stocks, bringing his total number of positions to 207, in a portfolio valued at $1.82 billion. His quarter-over-quarter turnover is 22%. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 19.20
GIS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
66% of the 1168 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 19.30 vs. GIS: 19.20 )
GIS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.3   Max: 20.51
Current: 19.2

13.3
20.51
P/B 5.10
GIS's P/B is ranked lower than
67% of the 1342 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.67 vs. GIS: 5.10 )
GIS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.8   Max: 5.1
Current: 5.1

2.8
5.1
P/S 1.89
GIS's P/S is ranked lower than
67% of the 1452 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.91 vs. GIS: 1.89 )
GIS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.12   Max: 1.94
Current: 1.89

1.12
1.94
PFCF 18.10
GIS's PFCF is ranked higher than
64% of the 827 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 19.20 vs. GIS: 18.10 )
GIS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 11.37   Max: 41.07
Current: 18.1

11.37
41.07
EV-to-EBIT 13.90
GIS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
67% of the 1248 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 15.40 vs. GIS: 13.90 )
GIS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 10   Max: 15
Current: 13.9

10
15
PEG 3.30
GIS's PEG is ranked higher than
55% of the 685 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.24 vs. GIS: 3.30 )
GIS' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.35   Max: 4.56
Current: 3.3

1.35
4.56
Shiller P/E 20.60
GIS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
66% of the 680 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 20.43 vs. GIS: 20.60 )
GIS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 14.31   Max: 24.6
Current: 20.6

14.31
24.6

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 2.97
GIS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
76% of the 1039 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.00 vs. GIS: 2.97 )
GIS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.22   Max: 3.58
Current: 2.97

2.22
3.58
Dividend Payout 0.54
GIS's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
52% of the 849 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. GIS: 0.54 )
GIS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 11.8
Current: 0.54

0.28
11.8
Dividend growth (3y) 11.20
GIS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
86% of the 565 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.90 vs. GIS: 11.20 )
GIS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 12.6
Current: 11.2

0
12.6
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.19
GIS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
87% of the 1071 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.13 vs. GIS: 5.19 )
GIS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.84   Max: 6.2
Current: 5.19

3.84
6.2
Share Buyback Rate 0.90
GIS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
89% of the 794 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: -0.70 vs. GIS: 0.90 )
GIS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.3   Max: -12.3
Current: 0.9

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.40
GIS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
69% of the 645 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. GIS: 1.40 )
GIS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 11.98
Current: 1.4

0.79
11.98
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
GIS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
59% of the 1313 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. GIS: 1.10 )
GIS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 1.64
Current: 1.1

0.5
1.64
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.20
GIS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
71% of the 1309 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. GIS: 7.20 )
GIS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 6.7   Max: 10
Current: 7.2

6.7
10
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 7.85
GIS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
77% of the 888 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 7.11 vs. GIS: 7.85 )
GIS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 8.6   Max: 14.8
Current: 7.85

8.6
14.8

Business Description

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods » Packaged Foods
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Traded in other countries:GRM.Germany
General Mills, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in 1928. The Company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. It is also a supplier of branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. The Company manufactures its products in 16 countries and markets them in more than 100 countries. Its joint ventures manufacture and market products in more than 130 countries and republics worldwide. The Company's product categories in the United States include ready-to-eat cereals, refrigerated yogurt, ready-to-serve soup, dry dinners, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, grain, fruit and savory snacks, and a wide variety of organic products including granola bars, cereal, and soup. In Canada, its product categories include ready-to-eat cereals, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, dry dinners, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza snacks, refrigerated yogurt, and grain and fruit snacks. In markets outside of the United States and Canada, its product categories include super-premium ice cream and frozen desserts, refrigerated yogurt, snacks, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, refrigerated and frozen dough products, and dry dinners. In addition, it sells ready-to-eat cereals through its Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) joint venture. The principal raw materials that it uses are grains (wheat, oats, and corn), sugar, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, meats, vegetable oils, and other agricultural products. Its primary customers are grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership stores, natural food chains, drug, dollar and discount chains, commercial and noncommercial foodservice distributors and operators, restaurants, and convenience stores. The consumer foods industry is highly competitive, with numerous manufacturers of varying sizes in the United States and throughout the world.

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