HJ Heinz Company Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (HNZ)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- HJ Heinz Company (NYSE: HNZ) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A+. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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:
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 34.42% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, HNZ should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 35.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Food Products industry and the overall market, HEINZ (H J) CO's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • 40.50% is the gross profit margin for HEINZ (H J) CO which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 9.18% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $385.64 million or 11.45% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 11.45%, HEINZ (H J) CO is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 224.13%.

H. J. Heinz Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets food products for consumers, and foodservice and institutional customers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. HJ Heinz has a market cap of $23.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage 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 25.6% 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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