NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Patrick Industries (Nasdaq: PATK) 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.
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- The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 47.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- Powered by its strong earnings growth of 461.53% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 558.37% 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, PATK should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
- PATRICK INDUSTRIES 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, PATRICK INDUSTRIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.81 versus $0.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.45 versus $0.81).
- 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 Building Products industry and the overall market, PATRICK INDUSTRIES INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff