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-- Waste Management

(NYSE:

WM

) 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 34.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $669.00 million or 39.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, WASTE MANAGEMENT INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 69.82%.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • WASTE MANAGEMENT INC's earnings per share declined by 10.0% 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, WASTE MANAGEMENT INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.05 versus $1.98 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.15 versus $2.05).

Waste Management, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides waste management services to residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers in North America. It offers collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Waste Management has a market cap of $16.17 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector and

materials & construction

industry. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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