Hess Corp Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (HES)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hess (NYSE: HES) 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 compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 532.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$131.00 million to $566.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,570.00 million or 37.96% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 21.80%.
  • HESS CORP 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, HESS CORP increased its bottom line by earning $6.51 versus $5.01 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 5.5% in earnings ($6.15 versus $6.51).
  • HES, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

Hess Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an integrated energy company. The company operates in two segments, Exploration and Production (E&P) and Marketing and Refining (M&R). Hess has a market cap of $21.77 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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