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-- National Oilwell Varco

(NYSE:

NOV

) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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    Highlights from the ratings report include:

      • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 15.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 36.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
      • NOV's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 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 1.23, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
      • NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC has improved earnings per share by 47.9% 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, NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.69 versus $3.98 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.95 versus $4.69).
      • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income increased by 48.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $407.00 million to $606.00 million.

      National Oilwell Varco, Inc. designs, constructs, manufactures, and sells systems, components, and products for oil and gas drilling and production, as well as provides oilfield services and supplies, and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, equal to the average energy industry P/E ratioand below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. National Oilwell Varco has a market cap of $28.88 billion and is part of the

      basic materials

      sector and

      energy

      industry. Shares are down 1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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      --Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

      TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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