Cooper Industries PLC. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (CBE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Cooper Industries (NYSE: CBE) 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.34, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.27, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • COOPER INDUSTRIES PLC has improved earnings per share by 18.4% 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, COOPER INDUSTRIES PLC increased its bottom line by earning $3.87 versus $2.65 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.42 versus $3.87).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Electrical Equipment industry. The net income increased by 17.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $160.20 million to $188.40 million.
  • 36.80% is the gross profit margin for COOPER INDUSTRIES PLC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 12.60% is above that of the industry average.

Cooper Industries plc manufactures and sells electrical components and tools in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Energy and Safety Solutions, and Electrical Products Group. Cooper has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.3% 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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