Hawkins (HWKN) Acquires Intercoastal Trading in Maryland

04.06.24 16:18 Uhr

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Hawkins, Inc. HWKN has completed the acquisition of the assets of Intercoastal Trading, Inc. and its affiliates. Intercoastal Trading supplies water treatment chemicals and equipment to customers in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.Hawkins continues to expand its water treatment business. Intercoastal Trading will speed its expansion in the heavily populated East Coast with its location within 200 miles of major population centers.Hawkins anticipates that the purchase of Intercostal Trading will be accretive to earnings per share this fiscal year. Further, it is expected that even after the acquisition, the company’s first-quarter balance sheet will remain strong, with an expected leverage ratio of about 1x EBITDA at quarter end. In addition, all four acquisitions completed during fiscal 2024 meet or exceed Hawkins' business expectations, and the integrations are on pace.Intercoastal's workers will be able to continue offering the expanded technical expertise and efficient product delivery that customers have come to expect and trust, with the support of Hawkins' top resources and commitment to excellence.Shares of Hawkins have gained 82.4% over the past year against  the industry’s 10% decline.Image Source: Zacks Investment ResearchIn the fiscal fourth-quarter call, the company said that it expects continued top and bottom-line growth in fiscal 2025, with the top line approaching $1 billion in revenues. HWKN anticipates Water Treatment to become its biggest reporting segment. While it is cautiously optimistic about the Industrial segment, it believes that economic and competitive pressures will continue to impact many of its customers and demand.For the Health and Nutrition unit, HWKN anticipates the improved performance it witnessed in the back half of fiscal 2024 to continue into fiscal 2025, and expects results to improve from fiscal 2024.Hawkins, Inc. Price and Consensus Hawkins, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Hawkins, Inc. QuoteZacks Rank & Key PicksHawkins currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).Better-ranked stocks in the basic materials space are ATI Inc. ATI, Carpenter Technology Corporation CRS and Ecolab Inc. ECL.ATI currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). ATI beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters, with the average earnings surprise being 8.3%. The company’s shares have soared 77% in the past year. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Carpenter Technology currently sports a Zacks Rank of 1. CRS beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate in each of the last four quarters, with the average earnings surprise being 15.1%. The company’s shares have surged 143.2% in the past year.The Zacks Consensus Estimate for Ecolab's current year earnings is pegged at $6.56 per share, indicating a year-over-year rise of 25.9%. The consensus estimate for ECL’s current-year earnings has gone up in the past 30 days. ECL, which currently carries a Zacks Rank of 2, beat the consensus estimate in each of the last four quarters, with the average earnings surprise being 1.3%. The company’s shares have rallied roughly 38.6% in the past year. 5 Stocks Set to DoubleEach was handpicked by a Zacks expert as the #1 favorite stock to gain +100% or more in 2024. While not all picks can be winners, previous recommendations have soared +143.0%, +175.9%, +498.3% and +673.0%.Most of the stocks in this report are flying under Wall Street radar, which provides a great opportunity to get in on the ground floor.Today, See These 5 Potential Home Runs >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Ecolab Inc. (ECL): Free Stock Analysis Report ATI Inc. (ATI): Free Stock Analysis Report Carpenter Technology Corporation (CRS): Free Stock Analysis Report Hawkins, Inc. (HWKN): Free Stock Analysis ReportTo read this article on Zacks.com click here.Zacks Investment ResearchWeiter zum vollständigen Artikel bei Zacks

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