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Metals USA Holdings Corp Stock Upgraded (MUSA)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Metals USA Holdings (NYSE:MUSA) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, METALS USA HOLDINGS CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 31.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $12.40 million to $16.30 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 89.22% to -$5.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, METALS USA HOLDINGS CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -33.17%.

Metals USA Holdings Corp. provides carbon steel, stainless steel, aluminum, red metals, manufactured metal components, and inventory management services in the United States and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 9.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Metals USA has a market cap of $633.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 47.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full Metals USA Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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