Red Hat Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (RHT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B . 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • RHT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.7%. 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.
  • RHT has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for RED HAT INC is currently very high, coming in at 89.70%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 10.90% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $103.85 million or 34.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 20.97%.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, RHT's share price has jumped by 39.88%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

Red Hat, Inc. provides open source software solutions to enterprise customers worldwide. The company also offers enterprise-ready open source operating system platforms. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.7, below the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 74.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Red Hat has a market cap of $10.77 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 35.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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