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The Hershey Co WACC %

:3.75% (As of Today)
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As of today (2021-10-22), The Hershey Co's weighted average cost of capital is 3.75%. The Hershey Co's ROIC % is 24.32% (calculated using TTM income statement data). The Hershey Co generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases.


The Hershey Co WACC % Historical Data

The historical data trend for The Hershey Co's WACC % can be seen below:

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.

* Premium members only.

The Hershey Co Annual Data
Trend Dec11 Dec12 Dec13 Dec14 Dec15 Dec16 Dec17 Dec18 Dec19 Dec20
WACC %
Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 3.29 2.74 3.21 2.34 3.02

The Hershey Co Quarterly Data
Sep16 Dec16 Mar17 Jun17 Sep17 Dec17 Mar18 Jun18 Sep18 Dec18 Mar19 Jun19 Sep19 Dec19 Mar20 Jun20 Sep20 Dec20 Mar21 Jun21
WACC % 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 2.12 2.52 3.02 3.75 3.45

Competitive Comparison

For the Confectioners subindustry, The Hershey Co's WACC %, along with its competitors' market caps and WACC % data, can be viewed below:

* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap. Note that "N/A" values will not show up in the chart.

   

The Hershey Co WACC % Distribution

For the Consumer Packaged Goods industry and Consumer Defensive sector, The Hershey Co's WACC % distribution charts can be found below:

* The bar in red indicates where The Hershey Co's WACC % falls into.



The Hershey Co WACC % Calculation

The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the rate that a company is expected to pay on average to all its security holders to finance its assets. The WACC is commonly referred to as the firm's cost of capital. Generally speaking, a company's assets are financed by debt and equity. WACC is the average of the costs of these sources of financing, each of which is weighted by its respective use in the given situation. By taking a weighted average, we can see how much interest the company has to pay for every dollar it finances.

WACC=E/(E + D)*Cost of Equity+D/(E + D)*Cost of Debt*(1 - Tax Rate)

1. Weights:
Generally speaking, a company's assets are financed by debt and equity. We need to calculate the weight of equity and the weight of debt.
The market value of equity (E) is also called "Market Cap". As of today, The Hershey Co's market capitalization (E) is $37115.964 Mil.
The market value of debt is typically difficult to calculate, therefore, GuruFocus uses book value of debt (D) to do the calculation. It is simplified by adding the latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together. As of Jun. 2021, The Hershey Co's latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $657.1645 Mil and its latest two-year average Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation was $3993.301 Mil. The total Book Value of Debt (D) is $4650.4655 Mil.
a) weight of equity = E / (E + D) = 37115.964 / (37115.964 + 4650.4655) = 0.8887
b) weight of debt = D / (E + D) = 4650.4655 / (37115.964 + 4650.4655) = 0.1113

2. Cost of Equity:
GuruFocus uses Capital Asset Pricing Model (CAPM) to calculate the required rate of return. The formula is:
Cost of Equity = Risk-Free Rate of Return + Beta of Asset * (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return)
a) GuruFocus uses 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate as the risk-free rate. It is updated daily. The current risk-free rate is 1.65000000%. Please go to Economic Indicators page for more information. Please note that we use the 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate of the country/region where the company is headquartered. If the data for that country/region is not available, then we will use the 10-Year Treasury Constant Maturity Rate of the United States as default.
b) Beta is the sensitivity of the expected excess asset returns to the expected excess market returns. The Hershey Co's beta is 0.37.
c) (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return) is also called market premium. GuruFocus requires market premium to be 6%.
Cost of Equity = 1.65000000% + 0.37 * 6% = 3.87%

3. Cost of Debt:
GuruFocus uses last fiscal year end Interest Expense divided by the latest two-year average debt to get the simplified cost of debt.
As of Dec. 2020, The Hershey Co's interest expense (positive number) was $153.471 Mil. Its total Book Value of Debt (D) is $4650.4655 Mil.
Cost of Debt = 153.471 / 4650.4655 = 3.3001%.

4. Multiply by one minus Average Tax Rate:
GuruFocus uses the latest two-year average tax rate to do the calculation. The calculated average tax rate is limited to between 0% and 100%. If the calculated average tax rate is higher than 100%, it is set to 100%. If the calculated average tax rate is less than 0%, it is set to 0%.
The latest Two-year Average Tax Rate is 15.82%.

The Hershey Co's Weighted Average Cost Of Capital (WACC) for Today is calculated as:

WACC=E / (E + D)*Cost of Equity+D / (E + D)*Cost of Debt*(1 - Tax Rate)
=0.8887*3.87%+0.1113*3.3001%*(1 - 15.82%)
=3.75%

* For Operating Data section: All numbers are indicated by the unit behind each term and all currency related amount are in USD.
* For other sections: All numbers are in millions except for per share data, ratio, and percentage. All currency related amount are indicated in the company's associated stock exchange currency.


The Hershey Co  (NYSE:HSY) WACC % Explanation

Because it costs money to raise capital. A firm that generates higher ROIC % than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases, whereas a firm that earns returns that do not match up to its cost of capital will destroy value as it grows.

As of today, The Hershey Co's weighted average cost of capital is 3.75%. The Hershey Co's ROIC % is 24.32% (calculated using TTM income statement data). The Hershey Co generates higher returns on investment than it costs the company to raise the capital needed for that investment. It is earning excess returns. A firm that expects to continue generating positive excess returns on new investments in the future will see its value increase as growth increases.


Be Aware

1. GuruFocus uses book value of debt (D) to do the calculation. It is simplified by adding latest two-year average Short-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation and Long-Term Debt & Capital Lease Obligation together.

2. The WACC formula discussed above does not include Preferred Stock. Please adjust if preferred stock is considered.

3. (Expected Return of the Market - Risk-Free Rate of Return) is also called market premium. GuruFocus requires market premium to be 6%.

4. GuruFocus uses last fiscal year end Interest Expense divided by the latest two-year average debt to get the simplified cost of debt.


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The Hershey Co Business Description

The Hershey Co logo
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Traded in Other Exchanges
Address
19 East Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA, USA, 17033
Hershey is a leading confectionery manufacturer in the U.S. (nearly a $25 billion market), controlling around 46% of the domestic chocolate space (per IRI). Beyond its namesake label, the firm's mix has expanded over the last 85 years and now consists of 90 brands, including Reese's, Kit Kat, Kisses, and Ice Breakers. Hershey's products are sold in about 85 countries, with just 10% of total sales coming from markets outside the U.S., including Brazil, China, India, and Mexico. The firm has sought inorganic opportunities to extend its reach beyond its core confection business, adding Amplify Snack Brands and its Skinny Pop ready-to-eat popcorn to its mix and Pirate Brands (including the Pirate's Booty, Smart Puffs, and Original Tings brands) over the past few years.
Executives
Atkins Damien officer: SVP, GC and Secretary THE HERSHEY COMPANY 100 CRYSTAL A DRIVE HERSHEY PA 17033
Arway Pamela M director 601 HAWAII ST. EL SEGUNDO CA 90245
Katzman James C director 6000 N. HOMESTEAD LANE PARADISE VALLEY AZ 85253
Palmer Anthony J. director P.O. BOX 619100 DALLAS TX 75261-9100
Davis Charles A director 1 CAPE MAY ST 1 CAPE MAY ST HARRISON NJ 07029
Dutkowsky Robert M director JD EDWARDS & CO ONE TECHNOLOGY WAY DENVER CO 80237
Haben Mary Kay director C/O EQUITY RESIDENTIAL TWO NORTH RIVERSIDE PLAZA, SUITE 400 CHICAGO IL 60606
Brown James W director FRANKLIN SQUARE CAPITAL PARTNERS 201 ROUSE BLVD. PHILADELPHIA PA 19112
Schoppert Wendy Lee director 6105 TRENTON LANE NORTH MINNEAPOLIS MN 55442
Shedlarz David L director PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"> Ownership Information: SHEDLARZ DAVID L a.header:link {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:visited {color: #3b4fae; font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline;} a.header:hover {color: #191970;}
Malcolm Robert director C/O LOGITECH INTERNATIONAL S.A. RUE DU SABLON 2-4 MORGES V8 1110
Perez Juan R. director 55 GLENLAKE PARKWAY, NE ATLANTA GA 30328
Koken Mary Diane director THE HERSHEY COMPANY 100 CRYSTAL A DRIVE HERSHEY PA 17033
Crawford Victor L. director C/O THE PEPSI BOTTLING GROUP, INC. ONE PEPSI WAY SOMERS NY 10589
Buck Michele director, officer: Chairman, President and CEO THE HERSHEY COMPANY 100 CRYSTAL A DRIVE HERSHEY PA 17033

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