Fossil Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (FOSL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Fossil (Nasdaq: FOSL) 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, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FOSL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • FOSL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.10 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.13, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, FOSSIL INC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • FOSSIL INC has improved earnings per share by 15.0% 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, FOSSIL INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.62 versus $3.79 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.32 versus $4.62).

Fossil, Inc. designs, develops, markets, and distributes consumer fashion accessories worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, equal to the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Fossil has a market cap of $5.01 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. Shares are up 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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