General Mills is a U.S. leading global manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. It also is a leading supplier of branded and unbranded food products to the North American foodservice and commercial baking industries. It is also a leading manufacturer and marketer in the wholesome natural pet food category. It manufactures its products in 13 countries and market them in more than 100 countries.

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Updated09/28/2020FCF CAGR 5Y9,58%
SectorConsumer DefensiveDebt Coverage5,75
Moat2D/E Avg 5Y2,04
Cust. Base2EPS/Div. Avg 5Y1,63
Beta0,59FCF/Div. Avg 5Y1,98
Div. Streak120R&D Avg 5Y1,34%
Div. CAGR 5Y1,95%ROA Avg 5Y7,06%
Payout Avg 5Y62,01%ROE Avg 5Y31,87%
EPS CAGR 5Y5,15%ROIC Avg 5Y10,53%
Revenues17 63016 56315 62015 74016 865
Earnings1 2211 6971 6582 1311 753
Equity4 9974 9304 3286 1417 055
Total Debt9 2248 4319 48215 81914 490
Book Value/Share8,078,067,2410,4911,65
Payout Ratio %84,77%64,26%69,31%53,85%68%

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20200923 – GIS and its predecessor firm have paid dividends without interruption for 120 years but the dividend stalled at $1.96 per share in 2018-2019-2020 while the Free Cash Flow (FCF) covered it by 1.90 times. However the latest 10-K released on July 1, 2020 showed a 22.760% jump in Earnings per Share (EPS), thereby prompting a dividend increase of 4% to $2.04 per share per year for FY 2021. Given the uncertainty amid the Covid-19 crisis, GIS possibly made an anticipated smart move by being a bit more conservative with its cash. Also, we noticed that Capital Expenditure (CAPEX) dropped by 36.800% over the last 5 years from $729.3m to $460.8m, boosting the FCF as result.

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