Joy Global Inc. Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (JOY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Joy Global (NYSE: JOY) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and a generally disappointing 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 20.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.50, 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 0.82 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • JOY has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 6.90% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The gross profit margin for JOY GLOBAL INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.50%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 12.36% is above that of the industry average.

Joy Global Inc. engages in the manufacture and servicing of mining equipment for the extraction of coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands, and other minerals. It operates in two segments, Underground Mining Machinery and Surface Mining Equipment. Joy Global has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 44.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are down 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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