Johnson Controls Inc Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (JCI)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+ . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • JCI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • JOHNSON CONTROLS INC has improved earnings per share by 17.3% 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, JOHNSON CONTROLS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.36 versus $2.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.52 versus $2.36).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.57, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.72 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for JOHNSON CONTROLS INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.50%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 3.90% trails that of the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, JCI has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

Johnson Controls, Inc. engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, equal to the average automotive industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $19.62 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. Shares are down 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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