Red Hat Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (RHT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) 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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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • RHT has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.20, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • RED HAT INC has improved earnings per share by 22.2% 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, RED HAT INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.77 versus $0.74 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.33 versus $0.77).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry average. The net income increased by 19.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $35.97 million to $42.97 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $136.88 million or 6.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -8.70%.

Red Hat, Inc. provides open source software solutions primarily to enterprise customers worldwide. The company develops and offers operating system, middleware, virtualization, storage, and cloud technologies. Red Hat has a market cap of $9.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 67.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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