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ManTech International ( MANT) provides technologies and solutions for mission-critical national security programs for the intelligence community, the space community, and various departments and agencies of the U.S. federal government. ManTech has been rated a buy since March 2005. Our rating is based on strengths such as the company's growth, efficiency, solvency and stock performance.

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, the company reported revenue growth of 17.3% year over year. This growth outpaced the industry average of 13.9%, and appears to have trickled down to ManTech's bottom line, as earnings per share improved from 61 cents to 69 cents. Net income also improved, rising from $21.4 million in the prior year's quarter to $24.6 million. ManTech's debt-to-equity ratio is favorably low at 0.06, and along with this maintains a quick ratio of 1.4, illustrating the ability to cover short-term cash needs. A slight improvement in return on equity when compared to the prior year's quarter can also be considered a modest strength for the organization. As for ManTech's stock, its price has risen over the past year, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors cited here.

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