NEW YORK (
) 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.
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Highlights from the ratings report include:
- DE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- DEERE & CO has improved earnings per share by 23.1% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, DEERE & CO increased its bottom line by earning $6.63 versus $4.36 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.25 versus $6.63).
- Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, DEERE & CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Machinery industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 16.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $904.40 million to $1,056.20 million.
- The gross profit margin for DEERE & CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.80%. Regardless of DE's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, DE's net profit margin of 10.60% compares favorably to the industry average.
Deere & Company provides products and services primarily for agriculture and forestry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratioand below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Deere has a market cap of $29.84 billion and is part of the
industry. Shares are up 1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.
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