Quad/Graphics Inc. Class A Stock Upgraded (QUAD)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Quad/Graphics Inc. Class A (NYSE: QUAD) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 121.05% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 66.25% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • QUAD/GRAPHICS 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. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, QUAD/GRAPHICS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $1.15 versus -$0.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.10 versus $1.15).
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for QUAD/GRAPHICS INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.90%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.85% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $122.00 million or 41.40% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
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Quad/Graphics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides print and related products and services in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Quad/Graphics Inc. Class A has a market cap of $798.7 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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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