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NYSE:LW

Lamb Weston (LW) Stock Price, News & Analysis

$103.76
+1.92 (+1.89%)
(As of 02/22/2024 ET)
Today's Range
$101.34
$105.11
50-Day Range
$100.19
$109.99
52-Week Range
$81.25
$117.38
Volume
2.20 million shs
Average Volume
1.70 million shs
Market Capitalization
$14.98 billion
P/E Ratio
13.49
Dividend Yield
1.39%
Price Target
$127.11

Lamb Weston MarketRank™ Stock Analysis

Analyst Rating
Moderate Buy
2.89 Rating Score
Upside/​Downside
22.5% Upside
$127.11 Price Target
Short Interest
Healthy
2.78% of Float Sold Short
Dividend Strength
Moderate
Based on Four Factors
Sustainability
-2.16
Upright™ Environmental Score
News Sentiment
1.20mentions of Lamb Weston in the last 14 days
Based on 11 Articles This Week
Insider Trading
N/A
Proj. Earnings Growth
8.42%
From $5.94 to $6.44 Per Share

Overall MarketRank

New Rank-Based ScoringMarketRank is calculated by averaging available category scores (with extra weight given to analysis and valuation), then ranking the company's weighted average against that of other companies.

4.65 out of 5 stars

Consumer Staples Sector

14th out of 135 stocks

Canned, Frozen, & Preserved Fruits, Vegetables, & Food Special Industry

2nd out of 4 stocks


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About Lamb Weston Stock (NYSE:LW)

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. is a global leader in producing and distributing frozen potato products. The company's mission is to deliver the highest-quality frozen potato products to customers worldwide. With a history of over 70 years, Lamb Weston has established itself as a trusted brand known for its commitment to quality and innovation.

The company's portfolio includes a wide range of products, including french fries, potato specialties, and appetizers. These products cater to a diverse customer base, including quick-service restaurants, retailers, and food service distributors. Millions of consumers consume Lamb Weston's products across the globe.

Headquartered in Eagle, Idaho, Lamb Weston operates production facilities in the United States, Europe, and other international locations. The company's focus on quality, operational excellence, and customer satisfaction has earned it numerous industry accolades, including recognition for its sustainability initiatives and product innovations.

Lamb Weston boasts a seasoned leadership team with extensive experience in the food industry. The management team comprises professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise, led by President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner. Tom Werner brings over 30 years of experience in the food industry, having previously served in various leadership roles within the company.

Lamb Weston has consistently delivered a mediocre financial performance in recent years. The company has seen stagnant revenue growth, hovering around $4 billion over the last several fiscal years. This is coupled with falling net income yearly during the same period. 

Additionally, Lamb Weston has a balance sheet with manageable debt levels that are on the higher side, creating the possibility of financial instability. A significant change, such as debt interest rates, could cause a problem for Lamb Weston. 

Lamb Weston's stock has exhibited robust performance in recent years, reflecting the market's positive sentiment toward the company. Over the past 12 months, the stock has outperformed the broader market indices. The company has benefited from favorable consumer demand for frozen potato products, successful product launches, and strategic partnerships.

Lamb Weston operates in the highly competitive global frozen potato product industry. The industry is characterized by constant innovation and evolving consumer preferences. While competition is intense, Lamb Weston maintains a competitive advantage through its strong brand reputation, extensive distribution network, and continuous investment in research and development.

The company's global presence and diversified customer base provide resilience against regional fluctuations and market-specific challenges. Lamb Weston's focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing aligns with the growing consumer demand for ethical and environmentally friendly food products.

Lamb Weston is well-positioned to capitalize on several growth opportunities in the frozen potato product market. The company continues to innovate and introduce new products to meet changing consumer preferences, such as healthier options and convenient meal solutions. Expansion into emerging markets presents additional growth avenues, as rising disposable incomes and urbanization drive demand for frozen potato products.

Lamb Weston also recognizes the importance of technology and digitalization in driving growth. The company has been investing in advanced manufacturing processes and data analytics to optimize operations, improve efficiency, and better serve its customers. Lamb Weston can identify market trends, optimize supply chain logistics and enhance customer experiences by leveraging data-driven insights.

While Lamb Weston enjoys a strong market position, it is not immune to risks and challenges. One significant risk is the potential impact of changing consumer preferences and dietary trends. Shifts towards healthier eating habits or nutritional restrictions could affect demand for certain products and require the company to adapt its offerings accordingly. Lamb Weston's ability to anticipate and respond to these changes will be crucial for its long-term success.

The frozen potato product industry is subject to various external factors, including commodity price fluctuations and supply chain disruptions. The volatility of input costs, such as potatoes and oil, can impact profitability. Lamb Weston employs risk management strategies, including hedging and supplier diversification, to mitigate these risks. However, unexpected disruptions or significant price fluctuations could still pose challenges.

Furthermore, the regulatory environment surrounding food safety, labeling, and advertising presents compliance and reputational risks. Stringent regulations or negative consumer perceptions of the industry's environmental impact or product quality could affect market access and consumer trust. Lamb Weston's commitment to sustainability and transparent practices helps mitigate these risks, but ongoing vigilance is necessary.

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Company Calendar

Ex-Dividend for 12/1 Dividend
11/02/2023
Dividend Payable
12/01/2023
Last Earnings
1/04/2024
Ex-Dividend for 3/1 Dividend
2/01/2024
Today
2/22/2024
Dividend Payable
3/01/2024
Next Earnings (Estimated)
4/04/2024
Fiscal Year End
5/31/2024

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry
Canned, frozen, & preserved fruits, vegetables, & food special
Sub-Industry
N/A
Fax
N/A
Employees
10,300
Year Founded
N/A

Price Target and Rating

Average Stock Price Target
$127.11
High Stock Price Target
$132.00
Low Stock Price Target
$120.00
Potential Upside/Downside
+22.5%
Consensus Rating
Moderate Buy
Rating Score (0-4)
2.89
Research Coverage
9 Analysts

Profitability

Net Income
$1.01 billion
Pretax Margin
15.19%

Debt

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales
$6.35 billion
Cash Flow
$6.29 per share
Book Value
$9.69 per share

Miscellaneous

Free Float
141,975,000
Market Cap
$14.98 billion
Optionable
Optionable
Beta
0.72
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LW Stock Analysis - Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy or sell Lamb Weston stock right now?

9 Wall Street research analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Lamb Weston in the last year. There are currently 1 hold rating and 8 buy ratings for the stock. The consensus among Wall Street research analysts is that investors should "moderate buy" LW shares.
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What is Lamb Weston's stock price target for 2024?

9 brokerages have issued 1-year target prices for Lamb Weston's shares. Their LW share price targets range from $120.00 to $132.00. On average, they predict the company's share price to reach $127.11 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 22.5% from the stock's current price.
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How have LW shares performed in 2024?

Lamb Weston's stock was trading at $108.09 at the start of the year. Since then, LW shares have decreased by 4.0% and is now trading at $103.76.
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Are investors shorting Lamb Weston?

Lamb Weston saw a drop in short interest during the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totaling 3,950,000 shares, a drop of 20.7% from the January 15th total of 4,980,000 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 1,560,000 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 2.5 days. Approximately 2.8% of the company's shares are sold short.
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When is Lamb Weston's next earnings date?

The company is scheduled to release its next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, April 4th 2024.
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How were Lamb Weston's earnings last quarter?

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LW) released its earnings results on Thursday, January, 4th. The specialty retailer reported $1.45 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $1.42 by $0.03. The specialty retailer earned $1.73 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $1.70 billion. Lamb Weston had a net margin of 17.71% and a trailing twelve-month return on equity of 63.19%. Lamb Weston's revenue for the quarter was up 35.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.28 earnings per share.
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How often does Lamb Weston pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Lamb Weston?

Lamb Weston announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, December 14th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 2nd will be paid a dividend of $0.36 per share on Friday, March 1st. This represents a $1.44 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.39%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 1st. This is a positive change from the stock's previous quarterly dividend of $0.28.
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Is Lamb Weston a good dividend stock?

Lamb Weston (NYSE:LW) pays an annual dividend of $1.44 per share and currently has a dividend yield of 1.42%. The company has been increasing its dividend for 4 consecutive year(s), indicating that it does not yet have a strong track record of dividend growth. The dividend payout ratio is 18.73%. This payout ratio is at a healthy, sustainable level, below 75%. Based on earnings estimates, LW will have a dividend payout ratio of 22.36% next year. This indicates that the company will be able to sustain or increase its dividend.
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How will Lamb Weston's stock buyback program work?

Lamb Weston announced that its board has authorized a stock repurchase plan on Wednesday, October 11th 2023, which authorizes the company to buyback $500,000,000.00 in shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization authorizes the company to repurchase up to 4% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are usually an indication that the company's leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

What guidance has Lamb Weston issued on next quarter's earnings?

Lamb Weston updated its FY 2024 earnings guidance on Thursday, January, 4th. The company provided EPS guidance of 5.700-6.150 for the period, compared to the consensus estimate of 5.900. The company issued revenue guidance of $6.8 billion-$7.0 billion, compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $6.9 billion.

What other stocks do shareholders of Lamb Weston own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other Lamb Weston investors own include Conagra Brands (CAG), RADCOM (RDCM), Walt Disney (DIS), Home Depot (HD), JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), NVIDIA (NVDA), MaxLinear (MXL), Intel (INTC), NuStar Energy (NS) and AbbVie (ABBV).

Who are Lamb Weston's major shareholders?

Lamb Weston's stock is owned by a variety of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional shareholders include Vanguard Group Inc. (11.52%), Viking Global Investors LP (2.46%), Franklin Resources Inc. (1.28%), Northern Trust Corp (0.98%), Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. (0.81%) and Nuveen Asset Management LLC (0.80%). Insiders that own company stock include Bernadette M Madarieta, Eryk J Spytek, Gerardo Scheufler, Gregory W Jones, John C Hatto, Michael Jared Smith, Peter J Bensen, Robert A Niblock, Sharon L Miller, Thomas P Werner, William G Jurgensen and William G Jurgensen.
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How do I buy shares of Lamb Weston?

Shares of LW stock can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Charles Schwab, E*TRADE, Fidelity, and Vanguard Brokerage Services.
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This page (NYSE:LW) was last updated on 2/22/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff