BP PLC Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (BP)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- BP (NYSE: BP) 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 increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 7.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $5,043.00 million to $5,434.00 million.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 7.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • BP PLC has improved earnings per share by 7.6% 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BP PLC turned its bottom line around by earning $8.06 versus -$1.24 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 31.0% in earnings ($5.56 versus $8.06).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.73 is weak.

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products. BP has a market cap of $131.82 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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