NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) - Get Report stock is up by 7.58% to $27.12 in mid-morning trading on Thursday, after the company reported its 2015 fourth quarter results.

Before the market open on Thursday, the Phoenix-based grocery store operator reported earnings of 18 cents per share, beating analysts' estimates for earnings of 16 cents per share.

Revenue climbed by 27% year-over-year to $930.3 million, higher than Wall Street's forecasts for revenue of $911 million. 

Sprouts Farmers Market projected 2016 earnings to range between 96 cents per share to 98 cents per share, higher than analysts' projections for full-year earnings of 95 cents per share. 

Additionally, Sprouts announced that Brad Lukow will become the company's CFO starting on March 4. Lukow previously worked as CFO of ShoppersDrugMart.

Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

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TheStreet Ratings rates this stock as a "sell" with a ratings score of D+.  The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, premium valuation, poor profit margins and disappointing return on equity.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: SFM

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