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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Orion Marine Group(ORN) - Get Report has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Hold to Buy with a ratings score of B.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ORION MARINE GROUP INC (ORN) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • ORION MARINE GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, ORION MARINE GROUP INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.01 versus -$0.44 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.17 versus $0.01).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Construction & Engineering industry. The net income increased by 413.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.94 million to $2.96 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 416.76% to $15.62 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ORION MARINE GROUP INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -71.55%.
  • ORN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.98 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ORN Ratings Report

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