Kraft Foods Inc Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (KFT)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) has been reitereated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. 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 revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 24.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
    • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
    • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Food Products industry average. The net income increased by 1.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $799.00 million to $813.00 million.
    • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$851.00 million or 13.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, KRAFT FOODS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -165.32%.

Kraft Foods Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets packaged food products worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, equal to the average food & beverage industry P/E ratioand above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Kraft has a market cap of $67.62 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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