Does Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) Have Insiders Selling Shares?

As of Friday close, Hostess Brands Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TWNK) stock was up $1.27, moving up 5.70 percent to $23.56. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 1,810,940 shares. 4 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $1.63 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 1,528,285, while in the previous 50 days, it was 1,436,664.

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Since last month, TWNK stock rose 2.30%. Shares of the company fell to $21.60 on 05/09/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $24.27 was reached on 04/21/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $15.10. Since the beginning of this year, TWNK’s stock price has risen by 15.38% or $3.14, and marked a new high 13 times. However, the stock has declined by -2.93% since its 52-week high.

Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) last reported insider trading activity 3 days ago on May 11. Cramer Michael John, the of the company, disposed of 25,000 shares for $22.15 on May 11. It resulted in a $553,830 divestment by the insider. Jacobs Andrew Wilson sold 166,797 shares at an average price of $15.96 on Jun 04. The insider now owns 104,566 shares following the transaction.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) has a P/E ratio of about 25.72. The stock’s beta is 0.60. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.69, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 1.86, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 25.39 may also be considered.

Financial Health

In the three months ended September 29, Hostess Brands Inc.’s quick ratio stood at 2.00, while its current ratio was 2.30, showing that the company is able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending September 29 was 0.62, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 0.63. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 35.60% percent. In the year ended September 29, operating margins totaled 17.60%. Based on annual data, TWNK earned $409.98 million in gross profit and brought in $1.14 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 5.70%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 7.40%.

In Hostess Brands Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for September 29, it reported total debt of $1.1 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. TWNK’s revenue rose 20.07% to $297.16 million during the quarter, while net income inched up to $332.05 million. While analysts expected Hostess Brands Inc. to report $0.2 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $0.21 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 5.00%. During the quarter, the company generated $71.95 million in EBITDA. The liabilities of Hostess Brands Inc. were 1.78 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended September 29, and its total debt was $1.12 billion. The value of shareholders’ equity is $138.29 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Hostess Brands Inc.’s (TWNK) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 32.68%, the RSI 9-day stood at 69.45% on 13 May.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Hostess Brands Inc. price is up by +7.43% percent or $1.63. At present, TWNK shares trade +2.88% above its 20-day simple moving average and +22.71% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +5.94% above its SMA50 and +44.72% above its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 42.21% and Stochastic coefficient D was 26.01%, while ATR was 0.74. Given the Stochastic reading of 80.33% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 63.65%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 0.35, while the 14-day reading stands at 0.29.

Analyst Ratings

Truist reiterated its a Buy rating on Hostess Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK) in a note to investors. The analysts firm has however raised their price target to $25, representing a possible -17.8% increase in the stock price. Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms , TWNK is a sell, and 3 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 0 analysts rate Hostess Brands Inc. stock as buy, with 9 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $26.50, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $25.00 – $30.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) will achieve an average price target of $26.80.


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