Hershey’s Mixed Bag: Stable Q4 Earnings Amid Slow Sales Growth And Rising Cocoa Costs



Hershey Company (NYSE:HSY) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2023 sales of $2.66 billion, a slight increase of 0.2% year-over-year, missing the consensus of $2.70 billion.

Adjusted EPS was $2.02 (flat YoY), above the consensus of $1.95. Gross margin contracted 90 bps YoY to 42.3%, and gross profit declined 1.9% Y/Y to $1.12 billion.

Operating margin contracted 238 bps to 17.5%, and the operating income for the quarter was $464.33 million (-11.8% Y/Y).

North America Confectionery segment net sales rose 2.1% Y/Y to $2.22 billion. Sales for the North America Salty …

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