NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Verizon Communications (VZ) - Get Report stock is increasing by 0.49% to $46.99 in pre-market trading on Tuesday, after the company said it would offer consumers a new incentive to switch their cell phone network.
The New York City-based telecommunications company is offering up to $650 to customers who change their network to Verizon.
"Now is the best time to switch to Verizon and receive up to $650 per line," the company said in a statement. "Verizon will buy out your contract and cover early termination fees and device or lease buyouts from your old wireless provider."
Other telecommunications competitors offer similar deals. AT&T (T) offers customers $300 in credits per line if they switch their contract and T-Mobile (PCS) offers to pay off customers' remaining phone payments from their previous carrier.
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. TheStreet Ratings has this to say about the recommendation:
We rate VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. This is driven by multiple 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 increase in net income, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry average. The net income increased by 9.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $3,695.00 million to $4,038.00 million.
- Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 10.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
- VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC has improved earnings per share by 11.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC reported lower earnings of $2.51 versus $4.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.97 versus $2.51).
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $9,520.00 million or 13.97% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 16.27%.
- The gross profit margin for VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC is rather high; currently it is at 59.87%. Regardless of VZ's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VZ's net profit margin of 12.17% compares favorably to the industry average.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: VZ