Crane Company Stock Upgraded (CR)
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- The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.43, 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 1.34, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $63.15 million or 26.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CRANE CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -39.76%.
- 36.30% is the gross profit margin for CRANE CO 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 8.80% trails the industry average.
- CRANE CO has improved earnings per share by 11.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CRANE CO reported lower earnings of $0.35 versus $2.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.80 versus $0.35).
- CR, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 10.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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