Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) stock is currently pricing at roughly $17.14. Our analysis shows that the stock is widely covered by equity research firms, and target prices are revealing. From a summary standpoint, we track the median one-year price target among 5 analysts covering the company at $20.00. That suggests shares of the stock may have another 14 percent to the upside left to run. Of those analysts we surveyed, the highest price target on recordsits at $21.00, which would imply another 77 percent in upside potential. If we look for a little more qualitative data on the range of expectations, we find in analyst notes that the stock has 3 “Buy” ratings in place. At the same time, 2 rate the stock a “strong buy”, suggesting more conviction in the story. As for the doubters, 0 equity research analyst firms call this stock a “Hold” and 0 consider it bad enough to warrant a “Sell” rating.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank took a look at TWNK shares in a research note released on Feb 15, 2017, and issued a Buy rating to this company. SunTrust analysts provided their own take on company recently as well. In a research note published on Nov 07, 2016,the house assigned a Buy rating to this stock.

Hostess Brands, Inc. (TWNK) Cap Table Analysis

Breaking down the capitalization table is our next goal. From a bird’s eye view, Executives hold 0.50 percent of the stock.

If we take a more granular look, Mr. C. Dean Metropoulos is one of the largest owners in company capital stock among insiders. According to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, this investor owns 500,000 shares, representing a total current market value of roughly $8570000. Mr. William Toler is another major player among company insiders, currently holding 435,000 shares as of 0.33%, carrying a current market value of $7455900. Mr. Mark Stone is currently ranked as the number three insider in terms of representation on the cap table for the stock, holding 155,358 shares, valued at around $2662836.12 as of recent close.

We noted a few insider transactions for the stock recently as well.

In a transaction on 2017-04-19, the company’s 10% Owner Gores Sponsor LLC sold 1,000,000 company shares for 15250000. That means, once accounting for this transaction, the 10% Owner is left with a stake of 17,633,929 shares, carrying a current total market value of $302245543. In addition, by means of a transaction dated 2017-04-19, See Remarks CDM Hostess Class C, LLC sold 600,000 shares worth $9150000. After that transaction, this investor is left with a total holding of 0 shares, representing a total investment value of $0. We also noted a 2017-04-19 transaction in which TWNK 10% Owner Apollo Management Holdings GP, sold 21,516,416 shares at a stock price of $15.25, carrying a total value of $328125340, after which, this insider’s investment stands at 581,723 shares, with an overall financial value of $9970732.

Hostess Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWNK) Earnings View 

In the company’s last quarter, TWNK EPS moved to $ from $ compared sequentially with the prior quarter. Revenues for the company came in at $M. This stacks up against $M, on a sequential basis.

How does this compare with bottom and top-line expectations? Well, according to what we could find, analysts had been looking for the company to post net income of about $ per share on $M in revenue. That sets up an interesting next quarter report card. We would note that analysts seem to be projecting earnings, on average, for this quarter in the range of $0.16 to $0.21. On a year-over-year basis, that compares with an EPS comp of $.