Healthcare Services Group
The housekeeping company to nursing homes and other facilities reported earlier this month fourth-quarter earnings of $10.5 million, or 16 cents a share, an increase from year-ago earnings of $9.1 million, or 14 cents."Revenue growth of 24% was easily the strongest we've seen from the company," Morgan Keegan analysts wrote in a Feb. 8 report. "Management reported a very robust 14% growth rate for Housekeeping and a stunning 50%+ annual gain for Dietary. Given HCSG's recurring revenue model, we believe this growth sets the stage for higher earnings going forward." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.2% Rated "A (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the prior year. Healthcare Services Group is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 4.42, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 2.18% from the previous year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $24.27. The stock closed Friday at $20.38 and has risen 15.21% year to date.
Minerals Technologies The specialty mineral company reported earlier this month fourth-quarter earnings of $19.6 million, or $1.11 a share, up from year-ago earnings of $15.7 million, or 87 cents. "The valuations and market values for cyclical names and the chemical space generally have appreciated over the past eight weeks. MTX's valuation remains attractive on a relative and on an absolute basis," JPMorgan analysts wrote in a Feb. 6 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.3% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year. Minerals Technologies is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 3.36, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 1.84% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $77.67. The stock closed Friday at $66.60 and has increased 17.81% year to date.
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