Hawkins (HWKN) Earnings Lag Estimates in Q4, Revenues Beat

16.05.24 14:12 Uhr

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Hawkins, Inc. HWKN logged earnings of 66 cents per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2024 (ended Mar 31, 2024), up from 55 cents in the year-ago quarter. Earnings in the reported quarter missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 68 cents.The company registered revenues of $223 million for the quarter, down around 2% year over year. It beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $217.5 million. Higher sales in the Water Treatment unit were more than offset by the decline in the Industrial segment.Hawkins, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise  Hawkins, Inc. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | Hawkins, Inc. Quote Segment HighlightsIndustrial segment sales fell 18% year over year to $97.1 million in the reported quarter. Sales in the segment were affected by the divestment of the company’s consumer bleach packaging business, decreased volumes and lower selling prices on certain products due to reduced raw material costs and competitive pricing pressures.Sales from the Water Treatment segment climbed 21% year over year to $86.7 million. Sales were driven by added sales from acquired businesses.Health and Nutrition segment sales increased 0.5% year over year to $39.3 million. Higher sales of distributed products were offset by reduced sales of manufactured products.FinancialsThe company ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of roughly $7.2 million, up around 26% sequentially. Long-term debt was roughly $88.8 million at the end of the quarter, down around 19% sequentially.The company generated record fourth-quarter operating cash flow of $41.9 million.OutlookMoving ahead, the company expects continued top and bottom-line growth in fiscal 2025, with top line approaching $1 billion in revenues. HWKN expects 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 sees results to be higher than fiscal 2024.Price PerformanceShares of Hawkins have gained 77.9% in a year compared with the industry’s decline of 10%. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Zacks Rank & Other Specialty Chemicals ReleasesHWKN currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.Celanese Corporation CE logged adjusted earnings for the first quarter of $2.08 per share, up 3.5% from $2.01 reported a year ago. The bottom line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.91.Celanese sees adjusted earnings in the band of $2.60 to $3 per share for the second quarter of 2024. CE expects to deliver higher earnings performance in the second quarter and into the second half of 2024.Ingevity Corporation NGVT reported adjusted earnings of 52 cents per share for the first quarter, down from $1.09 in the year-ago quarter. The figure beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 37 cents.NGVT sees its sales for 2024 in the band of $1.4-$1.55 billion and adjusted EBITDA in the range of $365-$390 million.Element Solutions Inc’s ESI adjusted earnings of 34 cents per share for the first quarter beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 32 cents.ESI now expects adjusted EBITDA in the range of $515-$530 million for 2024. For second-quarter 2024, it sees adjusted EBITDA to be around $125 million.Only $1 to See All Zacks' Buys and SellsWe're not kidding.Several years ago, we shocked our members by offering them 30-day access to all our picks for the total sum of only $1. No obligation to spend another cent.Thousands have taken advantage of this opportunity. Thousands did not - they thought there must be a catch. Yes, we do have a reason. We want you to get acquainted with our portfolio services like Surprise Trader, Stocks Under $10, Technology Innovators,and more, that closed 228 positions with double- and triple-digit gains in 2023 alone.See Stocks Now >>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 Element Solutions Inc. (ESI): Free Stock Analysis Report Celanese Corporation (CE): Free Stock Analysis Report Ingevity Corporation (NGVT): 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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