NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Nabors Industries (NYSE: NBR) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 16.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 31.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD 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, NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD increased its bottom line by earning $1.16 versus $0.37 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.25 versus $1.16).
- 37.30% is the gross profit margin for NABORS INDUSTRIES LTD which we consider to be strong. Regardless of NBR's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NBR's net profit margin of -6.10% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
- NBR's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.82 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.17 is sturdy.
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