Analyzing Hostess Brands (TWNK) and Its Rivals

Hostess Brands (NASDAQ: TWNK) is one of 103 publicly-traded companies in the “FOOD” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare Hostess Brands to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, earnings, valuation and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

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This is a summary of current recommendations for Hostess Brands and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hostess Brands 0 2 4 0 2.67
Hostess Brands Competitors 626 2714 2776 115 2.38

Hostess Brands currently has a consensus price target of $17.67, indicating a potential upside of 23.37%. As a group, “FOOD” companies have a potential upside of 12.22%. Given Hostess Brands’ stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, research analysts plainly believe Hostess Brands is more favorable than its competitors.

Valuation & Earnings

This table compares Hostess Brands and its competitors revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hostess Brands $776.19 million $223.89 million 6.63
Hostess Brands Competitors $7.59 billion $478.54 million 15.74

Hostess Brands’ competitors have higher revenue and earnings than Hostess Brands. Hostess Brands is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.


This table compares Hostess Brands and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Hostess Brands 28.85% 4.68% 2.12%
Hostess Brands Competitors -115.54% -5.00% 1.17%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

80.7% of Hostess Brands shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 57.0% of shares of all “FOOD” companies are owned by institutional investors. 25.5% of Hostess Brands shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.2% of shares of all “FOOD” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Hostess Brands has a beta of 1.07, meaning that its stock price is 7% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Hostess Brands’ competitors have a beta of 0.68, meaning that their average stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.


Hostess Brands beats its competitors on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

Hostess Brands Company Profile

Hostess Brands, Inc., a packaged food company, focuses on developing, manufacturing, marketing, selling, and distributing fresh sweet baked goods in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Sweet Baked Goods and Other. Its principal product lines include Twinkies, Zingers, Donettes, coffee cakes, cupcakes, cinnamon rolls, Ding Dongs, honey buns, fruit pies, Sno Balls, mini muffins, Chocodiles, Ho Hos, brownies, Suzy Qs, bread and buns, danishes, jumbo muffins, iced cookies, eclairs, and madeleines. The company was formerly known as Gores Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to Hostess Brands, Inc. in November 2016. Hostess Brands, Inc. was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.

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