By Rob Otman
Conagra (NYSE: CAG) is a $16 billion company today. Investors that bought shares one year ago are sitting on a -4.82% total return. That’s below the S&P 500’s return of 19.62%.
Conagra stock is underperforming the market. It’s beaten down, but it reports earnings soon. So is it a good time to buy? To answer this question we’ve turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our research team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.
Our system looks at six key metrics…
✓ Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: Conagra reported a recent EPS growth rate of 111.54%. That’s above the food products industry average of 55.43%. That’s a great sign. Conagra’s earnings growth is outpacing competitors.
✓ Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the food products industry is 22.51. And Conagra’s ratio comes in at 18.95. It’s trading at a better value than many of its competitors.
✗ Debt-to-Equity: The debt-to-equity ratio for Conagra stock is 93.17%. That’s above the food products industry average of 66.37%. That’s not a good sign.
✓ Free Cash Flow per Share Growth: Conagra has increased its FCF per share over the last year. That’s good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth.
✗ Profit Margins: The profit margin of Conagra comes in at 10.28% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this ratio above competitors. Conagra’s profit margin is below the food products average of 10.77%. So that’s a negative indicator for investors.
✗ Return on Equity: Return on equity tells us how much profit a company produces with the money shareholders invest. The ROE for Conagra is 17.36% and that’s below its industry average ROE of 23.4%.
Conagra stock passes three of our six key metrics today. That’s why our Investment U Stock Grader gives it a Hold.
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