Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) reported its financial results for the fiscal second quarter of 2015, ended July 4 on Thursday. Following a mixed earnings report, the apparel maker’s stock has dropped by nearly 10% today. The company reported total revenue of $1.52 billion for the quarter, 13% more than it pulled it during the same period a year ago, though this still missed the Street’s expectations by $40 million. Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) also reported total operating profit of $265 million for the quarter, up by 15% year-over-year. The apparel maker reported 16% higher adjusted EPS from the same quarter in 2014, at $0.50, which met the Street’s expectations exactly. The latest earnings is Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI)’s sixth consecutive quarter of record results. The company also slightly adjusted its full year guidance, as it expects net sales of $5.9 billion, down from the previous guidance of $5.9 billion to $5.95 billion, while anticipating adjusted operating profit of $855 million to $875 million, up $2 million on both the high and low ends from previous guidance, and maintaining its previous outlook for its adjusted EPS., at $1.61 – $1.66. Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI) achieved significant sales growth during the quarter, driven by its activewear and the acquisition of DBApparel and Knights Apparel. It was also revealed on Thursday that Hanes’ website was hacked and some customer details including names/addresses/phone numbers and the last four digits of credit card numbers were compromised during the attack. However, the company assured that the full credit card information was not stolen during the attack. This also worked against the company in the market today.
The stock’s slide appears to have been anticipated by the smart money tracked by Insider Monkey. At the end of the first quarter, a total of 34 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI), with a total investment of $956.7 million, reduced from aggregate holdings of $983.8 million held by 36 hedge funds at the end of 2014. Meanwhile, the stock appreciated 20% during the January – March period, which shows that hedge funds pulled a lot of money out of the stock during the period.
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Likewise, other research (not our own) has shown insider purchases are also effective piggybacking methods for investors that could lead to greater returns. That’s why we believe investors should pay attention to what hedge funds and insiders are buying and keep them apprised of this information. Looking at Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI), one of the Directors of Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI), Jessica Mathews, purchased 1,800 shares on April 27. But on the contrary, Chairman and CEO Richard Noll sold around 7.96 million shares during the January – April period, while Chief Operating Officer Gerald Evans sold around 128,000 shares in March and June.
Taking this into account, we’re going to check out the fresh hedge fund action encompassing Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE:HBI).