TSC Ratings' Updates: Watts Water
The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the machinery industry average. The net income increased by 11.4% when compared with the same quarter one year prior, going from $17.77 million to $19.80 million.
Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 14.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenue rose by 11%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.47, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.16, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 103.17% to $25.60 million when compared with the same quarter last year. In addition, WTS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -16.04%.37.10% is the gross profit margin for WTS which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 5.10% trails the industry average. WTS had been rated a hold since Nov. 26, 2007. Discover Financial Services (DFS) has been upgraded from sell to hold. Discover Financial Services operates as a credit card issuer and electronic payment services company primarily in the U.S. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.
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