HCP Inc Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (HCP)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- HCP (NYSE: HCP) 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HCP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 12.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • HCP INC has improved earnings per share by 21.4% 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, HCP INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.83 versus $1.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.00 versus $1.83).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 19.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $193.38 million to $230.59 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $214.35 million or 14.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -16.12%.
  • The gross profit margin for HCP INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.50%. Regardless of HCP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, HCP's net profit margin of 43.41% significantly outperformed against the industry.

HCP, Inc. is an independent hybrid real estate investment trust. The fund invests in real estate markets of the United States. HCP has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 1.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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