For some reason, everyone had assumed that Hawkins Cookers would report blockbuster Q3FY15 results and that the stock would coast in an upward trajectory.
One could see this in the mood at the Hawkins counter in MMB. Until yesterday, the mood was upbeat and everyone had a spring in their step. “Kuchh bhi karlo maal milane wala nahi hai” one punter declared confidently while another cheerfully added “yeh hawkins ek din marvaega. hold tight though. results should be good.”
However, everything changed in the afternoon when the results were announced. Suddenly, there was a deathly silence in the air. The punters couldn’t believe their eyes. The results were pathetic with a flat top line and a PAT which was down by a whopping 53%.
|Hawkins Cookers Quarterly Results|
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For a stock quoting at a P/E of nearly 60x TTM earnings, this is simply unacceptable.
Within seconds, the stock price plummeted like a ton of bricks as everyone rushed to sell while they could. After touching a low of 18.29%, the stock settled 15% down, on heavy volumes.
The ones who were not fast on the trigger were left in the lurch. “yeh kya ho raha hai, koyi Bathayega?????” one punter wailed pitifully but there was no one to console him. They were busy nursing their own losses.
Dolly Khanna’s sixth sense had bailed her out again. At one stage, Hawkins was her largest holding and she was Hawkins’ largest individual shareholder. However, her instinct warned her to get out when she saw that Hawkins was not able to get its act together despite several opportunities. She slowly eased out of the stock, quarter by quarter, and entrusted her wealth to newcomers like Cera, RS Software, Avanti Feeds etc, who are full of vigor and eager to please.
This is also a testing time for Basant Maheshwari because he has declared Hawkins Cookers as his Stock Pick For 2015. Basant has given solid logic to support his hypothesis such as high ROE, strong brands, immense demand potential, debt-free status, high dividend payout etc, etc.
However, unless Hawkins girds its loins and shows its mettle in the market place, the multi-bagger gains that its devoted shareholders are fantasizing about will remain elusive.
Whether Hawkins has the fire in its belly to make the cut is the million dollar question now.