Spectra Energy Corp Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (SE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.7%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 40.80% is the gross profit margin for SPECTRA ENERGY CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of SE's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SE's net profit margin of 15.81% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • SPECTRA ENERGY CORP's earnings per share declined by 27.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SPECTRA ENERGY CORP reported lower earnings of $1.43 versus $1.78 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.52 versus $1.43).
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $484.00 million or 3.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow SPECTRA ENERGY CORP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -23.86%.
  • In its most recent trading session, SE has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.

Spectra Energy Corp, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates a portfolio of natural gas-related energy assets in North America. The company's U.S. Spectra Energy has a market cap of $20.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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