VeriSign Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (VRSN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- VeriSign (Nasdaq: VRSN) 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • VERISIGN INC has improved earnings per share by 26.8% 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, VERISIGN INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.91 versus $0.84 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.25 versus $1.91).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Internet Software & Services industry average. The net income increased by 24.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $68.01 million to $84.51 million.
  • VRSN's revenue growth trails the industry average of 31.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for VERISIGN INC is currently very high, coming in at 86.40%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 35.74% significantly outperformed against the industry average.

VeriSign, Inc. provides Internet infrastructure services worldwide. It offers registry services that operate the authoritative directory of .com, .net, .cc, .tv, and .name domain names, as well as the back-end systems for various .gov, .jobs, and .edu domain names. VeriSign has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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