Head to Head Comparison: Hostess Brands (TWNK) vs. Its Rivals

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

Valuation and Earnings

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
Hostess Brands $776.19 million $223.89 million 6.66
Hostess Brands Competitors $7.59 billion $480.94 million 15.34

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.

Volatility & Risk

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Hostess Brands and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Hostess Brands 0 2 4 0 2.67
Hostess Brands Competitors 624 2708 2774 115 2.38

Hostess Brands currently has a consensus price target of $17.67, indicating a potential upside of 22.86%. As a group, “FOOD” companies have a potential upside of 11.58%. Given Hostess Brands’ stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts plainly believe Hostess Brands is more favorable than its competitors.


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 -115.53% -4.98% 1.18%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

80.7% of Hostess Brands shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.2% of shares of all “FOOD” companies are held by institutional investors. 25.5% of Hostess Brands shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 17.1% of shares of all “FOOD” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.


Hostess Brands beats its competitors on 10 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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