Honeywell International Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (HON)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A- . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC 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, HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.70 versus $2.33 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.95 versus $3.70).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Aerospace & Defense industry. The net income increased by 181.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$310.00 million to $251.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.58, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.92 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

Honeywell International Inc. operates as a diversified technology and manufacturing company worldwide. Honeywell International has a market cap of $58.45 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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