Maidenform Brands, Inc.

  • A Cheaply Valued Stock Worth Watching

    By ANUP SINGH - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) owns a number of famous brands and sells its products directly to customers through a chain of more than 200 stores and also online through a network of online sites. The stock has done well this year, rising 70% but still looks cheap with a trailing P/E of under 17x. Moreover, given the company's solid strategies and execution, it might appreciate further.

    Hanesbrands declared its more »

  • Should You Follow Mr. Buffett Into the Underwear Business?

    By Robert Hanley - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    Always on the lookout for value, Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate bought a leading position in the underwear business back in 2002 when it acquired Fruit of the Loom out of bankruptcy protection.  It further solidified the unit’s operating position with the purchase of competitor Russell Corporation in 2007.  Most likely, the Oracle of Omaha was attracted to the consistently recurring nature of underwear purchases and consumers more »

  • Catering to Women and Consistency Go Together With This Retailer

    By Mark Yagalla - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: GPS, HBI, LTD, MFB

    One of the main things that I look for in assessing an investment opportunity is consistency. L Brands (NYSE: LTD) meets the definition of consistency in retailing. The company's two flagship store brands are Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works. It also owns Henri Bendel and La Senza. Its stores sell lingerie, personal care and beauty products, apparel and accessories. The company operates more than 2,600 stores more »

  • How Can You Make Money In Underwear?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    The recent announcement that Winston-Salem, NC-based clothing giant Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) would acquire rival Maidenform Brands (NYSE: MFB) has sent a normally staid industry into a frenzy. The reason for this should be obvious: Hanesbrands is probably North America's best-known and most visible underwear brand, and Maidenform is an emerging powerhouse in the narrower but still-lucrative field of female-focused lingerie and athletic undergarments. The combined firm is certain to more »

  • Is Hanesbrands Emerging As a Stronger Company?

    By Awais Iqbal - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: EXPR, HBI, MFB

    In the past, volatile cotton prices and recession induced drops in consumer spending have adversely affected the apparel industry. However, increasing population and rising disposable income growth are once again reviving the consumer spending pattern as the U.S. economy has targeted to bring unemployment down to 7% by the end of 2013. This will boost the industry’s revenue in the upcoming years. Recently, Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) acquired Maidenform more »

  • This Underwear Stock Might Fit You Perfectly

    By Doug Lofton - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    There's a high probability that each time you buy a bra, a pair of pantyhose, or a pair of socks, you're adding to HanesBrands' (NYSE: HBI) bottom line. By sales, HanesBrands is the U.S.'s largest apparel accessory company, proving underwear, activewear, and nearly everything in between. To see whether this maker of shorts is worth going long on, let's look at three crucial characteristics.

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  • This Retailer Is Going Places

    By Shas Dey - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    Earlier this month, basic apparel manufacturer Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) announced its first dividend of $0.20 per share, which resulted in its share price receiving a nice uptick of 3.81%. The share price has come a long way since dipping to a low of $6 in March 2009 during the recession, and is now back on track, increasing almost 68% in the last one year, hovering close to its more »

  • This Retailer Is Going Places

    By Shas Dey - April 15, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    On 4th April 2013, the manufacturer of basic apparel, Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) announced its first dividend of $0.20, which led to its share price receiving a nice uptick of 3.81%. The share price has come a long way, dipping to a low of $6 in March 2009 during the recession and is now back on track increasing almost 68% in the last one year, hovering at the more »

  • Is This Stock a Buy After Its Newly Initiated Dividend?

    By Anh HOANG - April 12, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    Shareholders of Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) must be quite happy, as the company’s share price has moved up significantly in the past one and half years, from around $22 per share in the beginning of 2012 to nearly $48 per share now. In addition, the company recently initiated a quarterly dividend payment of $0.20 per share, payable on June 3 to stockholders of record on May 20.

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  • Is Hanesbrands a Buy After New Dividend Initiation?

    By Anh HOANG - April 9, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    Shareholders of Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) must have been quite happy, as the company’s share price moved up significantly in the past one and half year, from around $22 per share in the beginning of 2012 to nearly $48 per share. In addition, the company has recently initiated its quarter dividend payment of $0.20 per share, payable on June 3 to stockholders of record at May 20. The dividend more »

  • 3 Risks That Ralph Lauren Investors Should Consider

    By Victor Selva - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: HBI, MFB, PVH, RL

    Ralph Lauren (NYSE: RL) is a global leader in design of premium lifestyle products such as apparel, accessories and fragrance collections.  While this is a type of company that is suitable for long-term oriented investors, it is essential to consider some essential risks that are not so clearly described in the typical bullish sell-side reports.

    Ralph Lauren has generated strong results since the last five years due to its geographical more »

  • Move Over Cotton, Cash Is King!

    By Steve Van - December 24, 2012 | Tickers: GIL, HBI, LTD, MFB | Editor's Choice

    Students of American history are probably familiar with “King Cotton.”  The term came into use during the Civil War era to signify the enormous impact that the cotton crop had on the economy of the Southern States.  Cotton no longer has singular importance to the fortunes of any particular geographic region, but there are still industries where cotton has a major impact and where the year to date decline of more »

  • Is This Underwear Business a Buy After CEO Sells?

    By Anh HOANG - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB, WMT

    In the second week of December, a Chairman and CEO has sold nearly a third of his stake in the company he is currently leading, when the stock reached its 4-year high recently. It is Richard Noll with Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI). Since the beginning of December, he has disposed of nearly 250,000 shares of the company, including 213,535 shares sold in the market directly, in the price range more »

  • The Market is Undervaluing This Apparel Maker's Enormous Profit Potential

    By Ted Cooper - December 21, 2012 | Tickers: GIL, HBI, LTD, MFB

    Hanesbrands (NYSE: HBI) owns some of the most recognizable brands in the United States. Its brands include Hanes, Champion, and L'eggs. Most of its products are essential apparel that everyone needs to buy, which makes it less prone to fashion risk and gives it stable margins even in a downturn. Its gross margins remained steady even as companies like Limited Brands (NYSE: LTD), Gildan Activewear (NYSE: GIL), and Maidenform more »

  • Victoria's Dirty Little Secret

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 28, 2012 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB, WRC, VFC

    What is the connection between legal briefs and fishnet stockings? Sounds risqué but Victoria’s Secret is being sued by its fishnet stockings designer and supplier, New Jersey company Zephyrs, for $15 million and charged with false advertising, unfair trade practices, consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and unfair competition.

    The Secret Revealed

    The 28 page verified complaint filed in Ohio where parent company Limited Brands (NYSE: LTDmore »)

  • A Supermodel Stock with Attractive Fundamentals

    By Liz Hoffmann - July 29, 2012 | Tickers: LTD, MFB, JNY, WRC, VFC

    Victoria's Secret is synonymous with sex appeal and intimate apparel.  Therefore, parent company Limited Brands Inc. (NYSE: LTD) is a supermodel stock because it has attained "celebrity status" (definition of a supermodel) with the Victoria's Secret brand.  Certain proof flows from the glossy red lips of supermodel extraordinaire Heidi Klum (do I have your attention now?)  When Heidi smiles her megawatt smile and gushes that "being a Victoria more »

  • Can Michael Phelps Resuscitate this Stock?

    By Liz Hoffmann - July 24, 2012 | Tickers: LTD, MFB, JNY, WRC, VFC

    "Swimmers, take your mark."  These are the words that Michael Phelps will hear time and again at the Summer Olympics in London, when he takes his place at the starting blocks.  They are also the very same words that I heard every summer as a kid, when I swam competitively all across the Northeast.  I still swim today and so those words, a Lycra swim cap, goggles and a racing more »

  • Keep It Brief: What You Need to Know About Hanes

    By Erin McBride - February 15, 2012 | Tickers: HBI, LTD, MFB

    Let's keep it brief. HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI) has reported fiscal year 2011 earnings.

    Net sales increased 7% to $4.64 billion. Net income was $266.7 million, or $2.69 per diluted share, an increase of 25 percent over 2010 EPS of $2.16. For the fourth quarter, Hanes suffered a wardrobe malfunction, and net sales decreased slightly (not unlike the fit of my comfort fit waist band) to more »