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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.08
GIS's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
51% of the 1703 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. GIS: 0.08 )
GIS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0   Max: 0.18
Current: 0.08

0
0.18
Equity to Asset 0.23
GIS's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
53% of the 1694 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.52 vs. GIS: 0.23 )
GIS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: -0.06   Max: 0.34
Current: 0.23

-0.06
0.34
Interest Coverage 9.29
GIS's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
59% of the 1017 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 18.78 vs. GIS: 9.29 )
GIS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 9.29
Current: 9.29

2.6
9.29
F-Score: 5
Z-Score: 2.76
M-Score: -2.75
WACC vs ROIC
6.37%
10.93%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 13.26
GIS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1709 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 6.21 vs. GIS: 13.26 )
GIS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 13.62   Max: 22.09
Current: 13.26

13.62
22.09
Net-margin (%) 8.17
GIS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1710 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.48 vs. GIS: 8.17 )
GIS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 5.76   Max: 12.2
Current: 8.17

5.76
12.2
ROE (%) 23.86
GIS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 1693 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 8.50 vs. GIS: 23.86 )
GIS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 19.05   Max: 301.64
Current: 23.86

19.05
301.64
ROA (%) 6.15
GIS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1721 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.24 vs. GIS: 6.15 )
GIS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 4.23   Max: 14.32
Current: 6.15

4.23
14.32
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 51.68
GIS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 1714 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 14.18 vs. GIS: 51.68 )
GIS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 41.9   Max: 131.06
Current: 51.68

41.9
131.06
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 7.40
GIS's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 1469 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. GIS: 7.40 )
GIS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -1   Max: 18.2
Current: 7.4

-1
18.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 4.00
GIS's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
75% of the 1297 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.20 vs. GIS: 4.00 )
GIS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 1.2   Max: 18.1
Current: 4

1.2
18.1
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 1.50
GIS's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 1170 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. GIS: 1.50 )
GIS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -7.2   Max: 31.3
Current: 1.5

-7.2
31.3
» GIS's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

GIS Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ray Dalio 11,125 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 8,488 sh (New)
Bill Nygren 2,173,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 19,284 sh (+210.48%)
Joel Greenblatt 271,626 sh (+83.82%)
Bill Frels 3,201,280 sh (+24.51%)
Diamond Hill Capital 3,774,294 sh (+9.30%)
Mario Gabelli 2,756,568 sh (+0.04%)
Ruane Cunniff 200,447 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 11,200 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 76,400 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon 355,700 sh (unchged)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 10,200 sh (unchged)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 66,351 sh (-0.23%)
Steven Cohen 41,382 sh (-0.52%)
Pioneer Investments 1,094,924 sh (-4.42%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,890,462 sh (-5.42%)
Ken Fisher 4,904 sh (-12.49%)
John Hussman 108,000 sh (-73.53%)
Jim Simons 144,000 sh (-92.46%)
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Q2 2014

GIS Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Ray Dalio 51,925 sh (+366.74%)
Joel Greenblatt 709,352 sh (+161.15%)
Bill Nygren 5,500,000 sh (+153.11%)
Ken Fisher 11,126 sh (+126.88%)
Louis Moore Bacon 16,244 sh (+91.38%)
Paul Tudor Jones 31,878 sh (+65.31%)
Pioneer Investments 1,510,605 sh (+37.96%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 75,043 sh (+13.10%)
Mario Gabelli 2,787,668 sh (+1.13%)
Bill Frels 3,208,132 sh (+0.21%)
Dodge & Cox 11,200 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen 50,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 9,900 sh (-2.94%)
John Hussman 100,000 sh (-7.41%)
Jeremy Grantham 2,226,583 sh (-22.97%)
Diamond Hill Capital 2,497,295 sh (-33.83%)
Ruane Cunniff 106,747 sh (-46.75%)
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Q3 2014

GIS Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 1,066,972 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 288,400 sh (New)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 19,200 sh (+93.94%)
Bill Nygren 5,820,000 sh (+5.82%)
Pioneer Investments 1,589,004 sh (unchged)
Dodge & Cox 11,200 sh (unchged)
Diamond Hill Capital Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Bill Frels 3,198,351 sh (-0.30%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 74,717 sh (-0.43%)
Mario Gabelli 2,749,813 sh (-1.36%)
Ruane Cunniff 100,567 sh (-5.79%)
Ray Dalio 41,125 sh (-20.80%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,704,953 sh (-23.43%)
Ken Fisher 7,392 sh (-33.56%)
John Hussman 50,000 sh (-50.00%)
Paul Tudor Jones 15,689 sh (-50.78%)
Joel Greenblatt 77,549 sh (-89.07%)
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Q4 2014

GIS Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Ray Dalio 80,281 sh (+95.21%)
Ken Fisher 7,527 sh (+1.83%)
Bill Frels 3,198,527 sh (+0.01%)
Dodge & Cox 11,200 sh (unchged)
Bill Nygren 5,820,000 sh (unchged)
John Hussman 50,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 73,628 sh (-1.46%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 18,300 sh (-4.69%)
Mario Gabelli 2,572,846 sh (-6.44%)
Pioneer Investments 1,376,956 sh (-13.34%)
Joel Greenblatt 34,117 sh (-56.01%)
Ruane Cunniff 40,567 sh (-59.66%)
Jim Simons 402,700 sh (-62.26%)
Jeremy Grantham 356,819 sh (-79.07%)
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Guru Investment Theses on General Mills Inc

Diamond Hill Capital Comments on General Mills Inc - Jul 25, 2014

We eliminated our position in consumer products manufacturer General Mills, Inc. (GIS) as we were disappointed with challenging industry conditions in several of General Mills’ categories.

From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)'s Select Fund Second Quarter 2014 Commentary.

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Bill Nygren Comments on General Mills Inc. - Apr 08, 2014

General Mills, Inc. (GIS - $52)(GIS)
We believe General Mills is a high quality, well-managed packaged foods company with exposure to fast-growing product categories. The company has an impressive track record of stable earnings growth, and it has consistently returned most of its strong free cash flow to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends. We think revenue and margins will continue to grow, primarily driven by its international business. The company has an attractive global cereal joint venture with Nestle, which often gets overlooked by investors. With consistent profit growth and a shrinking share base, we like its prospects for per-share value growth. In addition, General Mills has a dividend yield of 3.2%.

From Bill Nygren (Trades, Portfolio)'s Oakmark Fund first quarter 2014 commentary.

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Bill Nygren Comments on General Mills Inc.
General Mills, Inc. (GIS - $52)(GIS)
We believe General Mills is a high quality, well-managed packaged foods company with exposure to fast-growing product categories. The company has an impressive track record of stable earnings growth, and it has consistently returned most of its strong free cash flow to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends. We think revenue and margins will continue to grow, primarily driven by its international business. The company has an attractive global cereal joint venture with Nestle, which often gets overlooked by investors. With consistent profit growth and a shrinking share base, we like its prospects for per-share value growth. In addition, General Mills has a dividend yield of 3.2%. Read more...

Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 23.80
GIS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 27.00 vs. GIS: 23.80 )
GIS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 13.3   Max: 23.35
Current: 23.8

13.3
23.35
Forward P/E 18.45
GIS's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 38.46 vs. GIS: 18.45 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 23.80
GIS's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 27.10 vs. GIS: 23.80 )
GIS' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 13.35   Max: 23.35
Current: 23.8

13.35
23.35
P/B 6.02
GIS's P/B is ranked lower than
54% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. GIS: 6.02 )
GIS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 2.8   Max: 5.91
Current: 6.02

2.8
5.91
P/S 1.95
GIS's P/S is ranked lower than
51% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.13 vs. GIS: 1.95 )
GIS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 1.12   Max: 2
Current: 1.95

1.12
2
PFCF 20.83
GIS's PFCF is ranked higher than
82% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 60.75 vs. GIS: 20.83 )
GIS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 11.37   Max: 29.86
Current: 20.83

11.37
29.86
POCF 14.43
GIS's POCF is ranked higher than
75% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 17.38 vs. GIS: 14.43 )
GIS' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 8.31   Max: 17.34
Current: 14.43

8.31
17.34
EV-to-EBIT 18.28
GIS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
75% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 19.75 vs. GIS: 18.28 )
GIS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 10.1   Max: 18.4
Current: 18.28

10.1
18.4
PEG 4.18
GIS's PEG is ranked higher than
88% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.00 vs. GIS: 4.18 )
GIS' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.35   Max: 7.44
Current: 4.18

1.35
7.44
Shiller P/E 21.21
GIS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
84% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 51.89 vs. GIS: 21.21 )
GIS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 14.22   Max: 23
Current: 21.21

14.22
23
Current Ratio 0.67
GIS's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
55% of the 1708 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. GIS: 0.67 )
GIS' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.42   Max: 1.4
Current: 0.67

0.42
1.4
Quick Ratio 0.43
GIS's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
54% of the 1708 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.04 vs. GIS: 0.43 )
GIS' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 0.88
Current: 0.43

0.26
0.88
Days Inventory 52.54
GIS's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
78% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 74.02 vs. GIS: 52.54 )
GIS' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 48.63   Max: 68.75
Current: 52.54

48.63
68.75
Days Sales Outstanding 32.85
GIS's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
83% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 50.71 vs. GIS: 32.85 )
GIS' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 20.14   Max: 46.38
Current: 32.85

20.14
46.38

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 2.98
GIS's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
75% of the 1280 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.93 vs. GIS: 2.98 )
GIS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 2.22   Max: 3.58
Current: 2.98

2.22
3.58
Dividend Payout 0.71
GIS's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
92% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 0.76 vs. GIS: 0.71 )
GIS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.28   Max: 1.84
Current: 0.71

0.28
1.84
Dividend growth (3y) 11.40
GIS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
86% of the 908 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.10 vs. GIS: 11.40 )
GIS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 12.6
Current: 11.4

0
12.6
Yield on cost (5-Year) 5.31
GIS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1302 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 2.12 vs. GIS: 5.31 )
GIS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 3.93   Max: 6.34
Current: 5.31

3.93
6.34
Share Buyback Rate 1.00
GIS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
89% of the 1067 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: -0.30 vs. GIS: 1.00 )
GIS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 5.3   Max: -9.6
Current: 1

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.58
GIS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
82% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 4.30 vs. GIS: 1.58 )
GIS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.79   Max: 11.98
Current: 1.58

0.79
11.98
Price/Median PS Value 1.17
GIS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
70% of the 1828 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. GIS: 1.17 )
GIS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.72   Max: 1.63
Current: 1.17

0.72
1.63
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.50
GIS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
72% of the 1702 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.30 vs. GIS: 5.50 )
GIS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.4   Max: 9.9
Current: 5.5

5.4
9.9
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 7.51
GIS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1125 Companies
in the Global Packaged Foods industry.

( Industry Median: 5.86 vs. GIS: 7.51 )
GIS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 7.8   Max: 17.4
Current: 7.51

7.8
17.4

Analyst Estimate

May15 May16 May17 May18
Revenue(Mil) 17,779 17,847 18,205 18,881
EPS($) 2.82 2.98 3.15 3.50
EPS without NRI($) 2.82 2.98 3.15 3.50

Business Description

Industry: Consumer Packaged Goods » Packaged Foods
Compare:NSRGY, UL, UN, DANOY, KRFT » details
Traded in other countries:GRM.Germany, GIS.Switzerland,
General Mills Inc was incorporated in Delaware in 1928. The Company is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. It supplies branded and unbranded food products to the foodservice and commercial baking industries. The Company manufactures its products in 16 countries and markets them in more than 100 countries. Its joint ventures manufacture and market products in more than 100 countries and republics worldwide. The Companys product categories in the United States include ready-to-eat cereals, refrigerated yogurt, ready-to-serve soup, dry dinners, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza and pizza snacks, grain, fruit and savory snacks, and a wide variety of organic products including granola bars, cereal, and soup. In Canada, its product categories include ready-to-eat cereals, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, dry dinners, refrigerated and frozen dough products, dessert and baking mixes, frozen pizza snacks, refrigerated yogurt, and grain and fruit snacks. In markets outside of the United States and Canada, its product categories include super-premium ice cream and frozen desserts, refrigerated yogurt, snacks, shelf stable and frozen vegetables, refrigerated and frozen dough products, and dry dinners. In addition, it sells ready-to-eat cereals through its Cereal Partners Worldwide (CPW) joint venture. The principal raw materials that it uses are grains (wheat, oats, and corn), sugar, dairy products, vegetables, fruits, meats, vegetable oils, and other agricultural products. Its primary customers are grocery stores, mass merchandisers, membership stores, natural food chains, drug, dollar and discount chains, commercial and noncommercial foodservice distributors and operators, restaurants, and convenience stores. The consumer foods industry is highly competitive, with numerous manufacturers of varying sizes in the United States and throughout the world.
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