The company posted a first-quarter net income of $28.8 million, or 29 cents a share, compared with $20.2 million, or 21 cents a share, a year earlier. Analysts expected the company to earn 35 cents a share. Hansen lost sales as customers made early purchases in the fourth quarter to beat price increases.
It also demonstrates the short attention span suffered by most investors, as this was all discussed on the conference call three months ago. At the time, I said “Hansen Natural is giving back the last month’s gains today after reporting higher than expected sales and lower than expected margins. Both were explained by customers stocking up ahead of a price increase.”
- Earnings momentum: Neutral
- Earnings quality: Negative
- Price momentum: Neutral
- Free cash flow: Neutral
- Return potential: Positive
Disclosure: At time of publication, William Trent has a covered call position in shares of Hansen Natural (HANS).