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-- Hawkins

(Nasdaq:

HWKN

) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strongest point has been its expanding profit margins. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • HWKN, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for HAWKINS INC is rather low; currently it is at 19.13%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.01% trails that of the industry average.
  • The share price of HAWKINS INC has not done very well: it is down 5.75% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • HAWKINS INC's earnings per share declined by 29.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, HAWKINS INC reported lower earnings of $1.63 versus $2.09 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 28.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.23 million to $5.21 million.

Hawkins, Inc. distributes bulk chemicals, as well as blends, manufactures, and distributes specialty chemicals. The company operates in two segments, Industrial and Water Treatment. Hawkins has a market cap of $394.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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