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Tiffany & Co. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (TIF)

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A-. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • TIF's revenue growth trails the industry average of 26.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.37, 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 1.16, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $307.16 million or 14.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, TIFFANY & CO's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 43.27%.
  • The gross profit margin for TIFFANY & CO is rather high; currently it is at 62.70%. Regardless of TIF's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TIF's net profit margin of 14.53% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • TIFFANY & CO reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, TIFFANY & CO reported lower earnings of $3.25 versus $3.41 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.49 versus $3.25).

Tiffany & Co., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and retail of jewelry worldwide. The company operates through Americas, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Europe, and Other segments. Tiffany has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 22.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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