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Winners And Losers Of Q1: Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) Vs The Rest Of The Shelf-Stable Food Stocks


Radek Strnad /
2024/06/17 5:15 am EDT

As the Q1 earnings season wraps, let's dig into this quarter's best and worst performers in the shelf-stable food industry, including Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) and its peers.

As America industrialized and moved away from an agricultural economy, people faced more demands on their time. Packaged foods emerged as a solution offering convenience to the evolving American family, whether it be canned goods or snacks. Today, Americans seek brands that are high in quality, reliable, and reasonably priced. Furthermore, there's a growing emphasis on health-conscious and sustainable food options. Packaged food stocks are considered resilient investments. People always need to eat, so these companies can enjoy consistent demand as long as they stay on top of changing consumer preferences. The industry spans from multinational corporations to smaller specialized firms and is subject to food safety and labeling regulations.

The 21 shelf-stable food stocks we track reported a decent Q1; on average, revenues beat analyst consensus estimates by 0.5%. while next quarter's revenue guidance was 1.6% below consensus. Stocks--especially those trading at higher multiples--had a strong end of 2023, but 2024 has seen periods of volatility. Mixed signals about inflation have led to uncertainty around rate cuts, and while some of the shelf-stable food stocks have fared somewhat better than others, they collectively declined, with share prices falling 3.4% on average since the previous earnings results.

Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN)

Sold in over 75 countries around the world, Hain Celestial (NASDAQ:HAIN) is a natural and organic food company whose products range from snacks to teas to baby food.

Hain Celestial reported revenues of $438.4 million, down 3.7% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 5.4%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' organic revenue growth estimates.

“We have taken strategic actions to simplify our portfolio and operating footprint to reduce complexity in our business and strengthen our balance sheet, which has enabled us to drive gross margin expansion, unlock operating cash flow and reduce our debt leverage,” said Wendy Davidson, Hain Celestial President and CEO.

Hain Celestial Total Revenue

The stock is up 8.7% since the results and currently trades at $7.22.

Read our full report on Hain Celestial here, it's free.

Best Q1: Hershey (NYSE:HSY)

Best known for its milk chocolate bar and Hershey's Kisses, Hershey (NYSE:HSY) is an iconic company known for its chocolate products.

Hershey reported revenues of $3.25 billion, up 8.9% year on year, outperforming analysts' expectations by 4.5%. It was a stunning quarter for the company, with an impressive beat of analysts' revenue and EPS estimates.

Hershey Total Revenue

The stock is down 4.5% since the results and currently trades at $187.1.

Is now the time to buy Hershey? Access our full analysis of the earnings results here, it's free.

Weakest Q1: Lamb Weston (NYSE:LW)

Best known for its Grown in Idaho brand, Lamb Weston (NYSE:LW) produces and distributes potato products such as frozen french fries and mashed potatoes.

Lamb Weston reported revenues of $1.46 billion, up 16.3% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 11.8%. It was a weak quarter for the company, with full-year revenue guidance missing analysts' expectations and a miss of analysts' operating margin estimates.

Lamb Weston had the weakest performance against analyst estimates and weakest full-year guidance update in the group. The stock is down 14.5% since the results and currently trades at $86.41.

Read our full analysis of Lamb Weston's results here.

Simply Good Foods (NASDAQ:SMPL)

Best known for its Atkins brand that was inspired by the popular diet of the same name, Simply Good Foods (NASDAQ:SMPL) is a packaged food company whose offerings help customers achieve their healthy eating or weight loss goals.

Simply Good Foods reported revenues of $312.2 million, up 5.3% year on year, falling short of analysts' expectations by 1.3%. It was a mixed quarter for the company, with a miss of analysts' operating margin estimates.

The stock is up 10.8% since the results and currently trades at $36.1.

Read our full, actionable report on Simply Good Foods here, it's free.

McCormick (NYSE:MKC)

The classic red Heinz ketchup bottle’s competitor, McCormick (NYSE:MKC) sells food-flavoring products like condiments, spices, and seasoning mixes.

McCormick reported revenues of $1.60 billion, up 2.4% year on year, surpassing analysts' expectations by 3.3%. It was a very strong quarter for the company, with an impressive beat of analysts' organic revenue growth estimates and a decent beat of analysts' earnings estimates.

The stock is down 3% since the results and currently trades at $67.79.

Read our full, actionable report on McCormick here, it's free.

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