Hanesbrands Inc (HBI): New Analyst Report from Zacks Equity Research - Zacks Equity Research Report


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We return to a Neutral recommendation from Outperform on Hanesbrands Inc. following its slightly soft third-quarter fiscal 2014 results. Although earnings per share of $1.73 improved 44% from the year-ago results and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny driven by higher nmargins, sales missed the consensus mark by 1%. Sales increased 17% from the year-ago results, but currency continued to affect the top line. Overall, we remain encouraged with the company's favorable pricing and successful implementation of the margin boosting Innovate to Elevate strategy. Hanesbrands continues its strategic acquisitions and the recent DBApparel takeover prompted it to raise the fiscal 2014 outlook. However, we remain cautious about the slowdown in the business momentum of the company.


Headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC, Hanesbrands Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, sourcing and sale of apparel essentials for men, women and children in the U.S. and internationally. The company offers products under well-established brands such as Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size, Barely There and Wonderbra.

Hanesbrands distributes its products through various channels, including mass merchants, national chains and department stores and other retail channels, such as third-party embellishers, specialty retailers, warehouse clubs and sporting goods stores.

Hanesbrands reports its operating results under four major segments:

Innerwear segment: This segment manufactures and sells core apparel products, such as women's intimate apparel, men's underwear, kids' underwear and socks, marketed under well-known brands like Hanes, Bali, Playtex, Barely There, Just My Size and Wonderbra. Innerwear segment also includes the Hosiery segment, which makes women's sheer hosiery in the United States.

Outerwear segment: The segment consists of casual wear and active wear products. The casual product category provides comfortable clothing for men, women and children under the Hanes and Just My Size brands. The active wear products include T-shirts and fleece sold to both retailers and wholesalers. The company sells this segment's products to both retailers and wholesalers.

International segment: The International segment includes sales from Latin America, Asia, Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico and Brazil. The company also has sales offices in India and China. The segment produces and sells products under brands such as Hanes, Champion, Wonderbra, Playtex, Stedman, Zorba, Rinbros, Kendall, Soly Oro, Ritmo and Track N Field.

Direct to Consumer segment: This segment includes sales from value-based store outlets and Internet operations that sell products to its customers directly.

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