National Oilwell Varco Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (NOV)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV) 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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 revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 33.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • NOV's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.16 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.35, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC has improved earnings per share by 15.6% 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC increased its bottom line by earning $5.83 versus $4.69 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.00 versus $5.83).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $800.00 million or 28.61% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 28.37%.

National Oilwell Varco, Inc. provides equipment and components for oil and gas drilling and production; oilfield services; and supply chain integration services to the upstream oil and gas industry worldwide. National Oilwell Varco has a market cap of $29.58 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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