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Hormel Foods Corp  (NYSE:HRL) Total Inventories: $921 Mil (As of Oct. 2017)

Hormel Foods Corp's total inventories for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 was $921 Mil. Hormel Foods Corp's average total inventories from the quarter that ended in Jul. 2017 to the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 was $967 Mil.

In Ben Graham's calculation of liquidation value, inventory is only considered worth half of its book value. Hormel Foods Corp's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 was $-672 Mil.

Inventory can be measured by days sales of inventory (DSI). Hormel Foods Corp's days sales of inventory (DSI) for the three months ended in Oct. 2017 was 35.40.

Days Inventory indicates the number of days of goods in sales that a company has in the inventory. Hormel Foods Corp's Days Inventory for the three months ended in Oct. 2017 was 44.55.

Inventory Turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year. Hormel Foods Corp's Inventory Turnover for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 was 2.05.

Inventory-to-Revenue determines the ability of a company to manage their inventory levels. It measures the percentage of Inventories the company currently has on hand to support the current amount of Revenue. Hormel Foods Corp's Inventory-to-Revenue for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 was 0.39.


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

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Hormel Foods Corp Annual Data

Oct08 Oct09 Oct10 Oct11 Oct12 Oct13 Oct14 Oct15 Oct16 Oct17
Total Inventories Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 967.98 1,054.55 993.27 985.68 921.02

Hormel Foods Corp Quarterly Data

Jan13 Apr13 Jul13 Oct13 Jan14 Apr14 Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17 Oct17
Total Inventories Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 985.68 958.13 988.41 1,013.21 921.02

Calculation

Total Inventories includes the raw materials, work-in-process goods and completely finished goods of a company. It is a portion of a company's current assets.


Explanation

Inventory control is an important part of business operation. If a company does not have enough inventory, it may not be able to meet customers' required delivery time. If it has too much inventory, the cost of holding the inventory can be high.

1. In Ben Graham's calculation of liquidation value, inventory is only considered worth half of its book value.

Hormel Foods Corp's liquidation value for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 is

Liquidation value (Q: Oct. 2017 )
=Cash, Cash Equivalents, Marketable Securities-Total Liabilities+(0.75 * Accounts Receivable)+(0.5 * Total Inventories)
=444.122-2040.001+0.75 * 618.351+0.5 * 921.022
=-672

2. Inventory can be measured by Days Sales of Inventory (DSI).

Hormel Foods Corp's Days Sales of Inventory for the three months ended in Oct. 2017 is

Days Sales of Inventory (DSI)
=Total Inventories (Q: Oct. 2017 )/Revenue (Q: Oct. 2017 )*Days in Period
=967.118/2492.608*365 / 4
=35.40

3. Days Inventory indicates the number of days of goods in sales that a company has in the inventory.

Hormel Foods Corp's Days Inventory for the three months ended in Oct. 2017 is calculated as:

Days Inventory=Total Inventories (Q: Oct. 2017 )/Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Oct. 2017 )*Days in Period
=967.118/1981.054*365 / 4
=44.55

4. Inventory Turnover measures how fast the company turns over its inventory within a year.

Hormel Foods Corp's Inventory Turnover for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 is calculated as

Inventory Turnover=Cost of Goods Sold (Q: Oct. 2017 ) / Total Inventories (Q: Oct. 2017 )
=1981.054 / 967.118
=2.05

5. Inventory-to-Revenue determines the ability of a company to manage their inventory levels. It measures the percentage of Inventories the company currently has on hand to support the current amount of Revenue.

Hormel Foods Corp's Inventory to Revenue for the quarter that ended in Oct. 2017 is calculated as

Inventory-to-Revenue=Total Inventories (Q: Oct. 2017 ) / Revenue (Q: Oct. 2017 )
=967.118 / 2492.608
=0.39

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.


Be Aware

Manufacturers with durable competitive advantages have the advantage that the products they sell do not change, and therefore will never become obsolete. Buffett likes this advantage.

When identifying manufacturers with durable competitive advantage, look for inventory and net earnings that rise correspondingly. This indicates that the company is finding profitable ways to increase sales which called for an increase in inventory.

Manufacturers with inventories that spike up and down are indicative of competitive industries subject to boom and bust.


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