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TWNK

Hostess Brands

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Hostess Brands CEO retirement 'largely personal,' says Stephens

Stephens analyst Farha Aslam called Bill Toler's decision to retire as President and CEO of Hostess Brands "largely personal," adding that Dean Metropoulos, who will expand his duties during the transition, has strong strategic and operational experience. Aslam reiterates her Overweight rating and $20 price target on Hostess shares, citing is earnings growth potential, distribution expansion, and new product innovation.

TWNK Hostess Brands
$13.43

-0.05 (-0.37%)

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JPMS
10/11/17
INITIATION
Target $15
JPMS
Neutral
Hostess Brands initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Joshua Levine started Hostess Brands with a Neutral rating and $15 price target. The analyst believes both the company's category growth and market share gains are likely to decelerate below Street expectations. He notes his earnings estimates for 2018 and 2019 are below consensus by 5%-8%.
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10/13/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $11
UBSW
Sell
Hostess Brands downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst Steven Strycula downgraded Hostess Brands to Sell and cut his price target for the shares to $11 from $16. Slowing category trends, market share loss in its Sweet Baked Goods unit and recent management turnover create an unfavorable setup, Strycula tells investors in a research note. The analyst points out that Hostess last night announced the unexpected retirement of CEO Bob Toler, but did not affirm guidance. He views the departure, following the recent exit of the company's chief operating officer, as concerning and sees increased earnings risk.
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RHCO
Hostess Brands CEO change unlikely to alter business, says SunTrust
After Hostess Brands announced that its CEO, Bill Toler, would retire by March, SunTrust analyst William B. Chappell, Jr. does not believe that the change will alter "the current trajectory of the business." The analyst says that the difficult portion of the company's turnaround is complete, and he writes that he is " confident, based on our meetings with the extended management team over the past year, that the business will not miss a beat in Toler's absence." He keeps a $20 price target and a Buy rating on the shares.

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