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Saturday, April 1, 2017

I'm Looking To Buy Dividend Champion Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL) ranked second in the March edition of my 10 Dividend Growth Stocks series of articles on Seeking Alpha. In fact, the stock has made the top ten list six times in the past year.

The last time I looked at HRL, the stock was trading at $38.46 per share and yielding 1.51%. At the time, my fair value estimate was $34 per share, so I decided to stay on the sidelines and wait for a more favorable entry point.

HRL now trades at $34.21 per share and yields 1.99%. In this article, I make the case for adding HRL to my portfolio of dividend growth stocks.

About Hormel Foods

HRL is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products. The company sells its products through sales personnel, as well as through independent brokers and distributors. Customers include retailers, hospitals, nursing homes and marketers of nutritional products. HRL was founded in 1891 and is based in Austin, Minnesota.

The stock is a Dividend Champion with a track record of 51 consecutive years of dividend increases and a 10-year dividend growth rate of 15.3%. HRL pays quarterly dividends of 17.0¢ per share in the months of February, May, August, and November.

To see my stock analysis and to learn why I'm looking to buy HRL, please read this article at Seeking Alpha.

Feel free to comment on this article either here or at Seeking Alpha.


  1. I just started a position in HRL last month. Just a nibble. I like the stock with a yield of around 2%. I think they are doing the right thing with their acquisitions. HRL is what I call an “old guard” food company that does sell a lot of products that are not “with the times.” However, as MCD is continuing to adapt, GIS as well, HRL is doing the same by recently acquiring Applegate: Natural and Organic Meat, Justin’s: Natural and Organic Nut Butters, Muscle Milk: Protein Shakes and JENNIE-O® Turkey among others. While HRL is synonymous with SPAM and other processed foods it is shifting to more natural and organic offerings. The dividend still appears to be very safe with lots of room for growth as well. I doubt I’ll ever make HRL a huge part of my portfolio but I think it does deserve some space among my holdings.

    1. Thanks for your remarks, Keith -- if you got HRL at a 2% yield, I think you've done well. I'll probably have to settle for a little less, seeing that HRL is now trading above $34. All the best with your investment!

  2. I've been looking to buy Hormen for so long now. Spam! I was and still am waiting for a market dip to buy a little but I don't think it's a mistake to pick a little up at today's price.

    Nice long term buy.

    1. It is trading just above $34 now and getting pretty close to my fair value estimate. That's a pretty good entry point for a quality dividend growth stock!


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