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Valassis Communications

Dividend Yield: 4.20%

Valassis Communications (NYSE:VCI) shares currently have a dividend yield of 4.20%.

Valassis Communications, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides media solutions primarily in the United States and Europe. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.43. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Valassis Communications a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Valassis Communications has been 380,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Valassis Communications has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are up 15% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valassis Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 25.04% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, VCI should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • VALASSIS COMMUNICATIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 11.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, VALASSIS COMMUNICATIONS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.86 versus $2.35 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.47 versus $2.86).
  • VCI, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 8.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.24, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Media industry. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.16 is sturdy.

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