NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tenneco (NYSE: TEN) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Auto Components industry. The net income increased by 571.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $7.00 million to $47.00 million.
  • TENNECO INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, TENNECO INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.63 versus -$1.62 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.72 versus $0.63).
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 581.81% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 83.60% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, TEN should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 15.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 33.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to other companies in the Auto Components industry and the overall market, TENNECO INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Tenneco Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells automotive emission control and ride control systems and products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 42.7, below the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 68.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.9. Tenneco has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the previous trading day's close.

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