AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. Stock Upgraded (AB)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- AllianceBernstein Holding L.P (NYSE: AB) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • AB's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 113.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP turned its bottom line around by earning $0.50 versus -$0.95 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.50 versus $0.50).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 113.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$199.46 million to $26.19 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 51.57% to $37.86 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -90.10%.
  • The gross profit margin for ALLIANCEBERNSTEIN HOLDING LP is currently very high, coming in at 100.00%. AB has managed to maintain the strong profit margin since the same quarter of last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AB's net profit margin of 97.38% significantly outperformed against the industry.
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AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. provides investment management and related services in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 41, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. AllianceBernstein Holding L.P has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 20% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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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