Nike Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (NKE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Nike (NYSE: NKE) has been reiterated 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • NKE's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.04 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, NKE has a quick ratio of 1.77, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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.
  • NIKE INC's earnings per share declined by 9.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NIKE INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.73 versus $4.40 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.14 versus $4.73).

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and children worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, equal to the average consumer non-durables industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Nike has a market cap of $34.56 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

You can view the full Nike Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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