NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Global Power Equipment Group (Nasdaq: GLPW) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GLPW's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 14.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • GLPW has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, GLPW has a quick ratio of 2.44, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, GLOBAL POWER EQUIPMENT GROUP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 440.74% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 63.74% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.

Global Power Equipment Group Inc. designs, engineers, and manufactures heat recovery and auxiliary power equipment for the utility and industrial sectors. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.1, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Global Power Equipment Group has a market cap of $412.7 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 9.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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