Will This Ratings Initiation Help HanesBrands (HBI) Stock Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- HanesBrands Inc. (HBI) was initiated with a "buy" rating and $124 price target at Wunderlich Securities on Friday.

The firm said it initiated coverage on the consumer goods and apparel company as it believes HanesBrands will continue to grow and create shareholder value.STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates HANESBRANDS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HANESBRANDS INC (HBI) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • HBI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • HANESBRANDS INC has improved earnings per share by 26.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, HANESBRANDS INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.25 versus $2.31 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.40 versus $3.25).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry average. The net income increased by 27.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $121.59 million to $154.58 million.
  • 39.58% is the gross profit margin for HANESBRANDS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 11.51% is above that of the industry average.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 26.89% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 74.22% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HBI Ratings Report

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