Silvercorp Metals The silver mineral properties company reported last week third-quarter earnings of $20 million, or 12 cents a share, a decline from year-ago earnings of $29.1 million, or 17 cents. "Higher labour costs, withholding tax assumptions on repatriated funds and minority interest payments are responsible for the balance of the remaining US$0.13 decline in F2013 EPS," BMO Capital Markets analysts wrote in a Feb. 12 report. "These factors are also responsible for the decline in EPS forecasts in F2014 and beyond, and near and long-term CFPS forecasts." Shares of Silvercorp Metals were upgraded to buy from hold at TheStreet Ratings. Silvercorp Metals has a forward P/E of 12.37; the average for platinum and precious metals companies is 16.33. For comparison, First Majestic Silver ( AG) and Endeavour Silver ( EXK) have forward P/Es of 12.09 and 12.44, respectively. Of the seven analysts who cover Silvercorp Metals, four gave it a hold rating and three rated it a buy. TheStreet Ratings gives Silvercorp Metals a B- grade with a $8.15 price target. The stock closed Tuesday at $7 and has risen 9.37% year to date.
Tempur-Pedic International The bedding products company reported last month first-quarter earnings of $56.3 million, or 84 cents a share, an increase from year-ago earnings of $46.3 million, or 66 cents. Of the company's new Simplicity Collection, William Blair analysts wrote in a Jan. 31 report that, "We believe the new mattress line will help enhance Tempur's leadership position in the premium specialty segment--by effectively doubling the company's addressable market in the United States--and be highly incremental to sales. In addition to the new collection, the company is implementing an enhanced set of go‐to‐market programs designed to drive profitable category growth, benefiting both Tempur and its retailers, through increased advertising investment and enhanced dealer programs. We believe these new programs, coupled with Tempur's existing leadership position in the advantaged premium specialty bedding segment, position the company for another year of strong growth in 2012." Shares of Tempur-Pedic International were upgraded to buy from hold by TheStreet Ratings. "The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income," TheStreet Ratings wrote. "We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated." Tempur-Pedic has a forward P/E of 16.27; the average for furnishing companies is 26.25. For comparison, Leggett & Platt ( LEG) has a lower forward P/E of 13.39 and Select Comfort's ( SCSS) forward P/E is 16.76. Eleven of the 15 analysts who cover Tempur-Pedic rated it a buy and four gave it a hold rating. TheStreet Ratings gives Tempur-Pedic a B grade and $97.22 price target. The stock closed Tuesday at $74.08 and has risen 41.02% year to date.