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TSC Ratings' Updates: Watts Water

GVA earnings per share declined by 35.2% in the most-recent quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GVA increased its bottom line by earning $2.70 vs. $1.94 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 10.0% in earnings ($2.43 vs.$2.70).

GVA had been rated a sell since Feb. 1, 2008.

Mediacom Communications (MCCC) has been downgraded from hold to sell. Mediacom Communications, through its subsidiaries, develops cable systems to provide entertainment, information and telecommunications services in the U.S. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a decline in price during the past year.

MCCC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenue has slightly increased by 7.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.

MCCC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most-recent quarter compared with the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, MCCC continued to lose money by earning -88 cents vs. -$1.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-33 cents vs. -88 cents).

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