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-- Rose Rock Midstream

(NYSE:

RRMS

) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. 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, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and reasonable 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 greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 38.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • RRMS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 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 1.02, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • ROSE ROCK MIDSTREAM LP has improved earnings per share by 18.4% 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ROSE ROCK MIDSTREAM LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.40 versus $0.64 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.89 versus $1.40).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 45.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $6.47 million to $9.41 million.

Rose Rock Midstream, L.P. engages in the gathering, transportation, storage, distribution, and marketing of crude oil in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Texas. Rose Rock Midstream has a market cap of $639.6 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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