NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Intel (INTC) - Get Intel Corporation Report were gaining 3.1% to $35.42 Thursday after the chipmaker increased its quarterly dividend and provided a 2015 business outlook.
Intel announced that it increased its cash dividend to 96 cents a share on an annual basis, an increase of 6 cents from its previous dividend. The new dividend will begin when the company declares its dividend for the first quarter of 2015.
Looking to 2015, the company said it expects revenue growth in the mid-single digits for the year. Intel expects gross margin in the range of 60% to 64% and capital spending between $10 billion and $11 billion for the year.
Intel said it expects R&D plus MG&A spending as a percent of revenue to be down in 2015, with spending of about $20 billion, plus or minus $400 million.
TheStreet Ratings team rates INTEL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate INTEL CORP (INTC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- INTC's revenue growth trails the industry average of 18.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
- INTC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.23 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.33, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
- The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, INTEL CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- 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 36.91% 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, INTC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: INTC Ratings Report