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. NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Silver Wheaton Corporation (NYSE: SLW) 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.
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- The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 5.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 49.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
- SLW's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 15.86, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
- SILVER WHEATON CORP has improved earnings per share by 21.9% 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. During the past fiscal year, SILVER WHEATON CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.65 versus $1.55 in the prior year.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 22.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $144.75 million to $177.74 million.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 55.19% to $254.03 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SILVER WHEATON CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -48.78%.
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