New York Times Company Stock Upgraded (NYT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income increased by 200.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $58.95 million to $176.91 million.
  • The gross profit margin for NEW YORK TIMES CO is rather high; currently it is at 61.10%. Regardless of NYT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NYT's net profit margin of 30.72% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • NEW YORK TIMES CO reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, NEW YORK TIMES CO increased its bottom line by earning $1.05 versus $0.39 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 51.0% in earnings ($0.52 versus $1.05).
  • NYT, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 13.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.4%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
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The New York Times Company operates as a multimedia news and information company primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, News Media Group and About Group. The News Media segment consists of the New York Times Media Group and the New England Media Group. New York Times has a market cap of $1.22 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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