Constellation Brands Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (STZ)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ) 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. 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:
  • STZ's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.8%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, STZ's share price has jumped by 168.82%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, STZ should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $167.30 million or 16.74% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 16.74%, CONSTELLATION BRANDS is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 679.54%.
  • 42.20% is the gross profit margin for CONSTELLATION BRANDS which we consider to be strong. Regardless of STZ's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 11.74% trails the industry average.
  • CONSTELLATION BRANDS's earnings per share declined by 15.7% 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, CONSTELLATION BRANDS reported lower earnings of $2.06 versus $2.14 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.80 versus $2.06).

Constellation Brands, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces and markets beverage alcohol. Constellation has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 47% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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