United Rentals Inc Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (URI)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- United Rentals (NYSE: URI) 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 robust revenue growth, robust revenue growth and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • URI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 24.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 67.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • 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 60.94% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, UNITED RENTALS INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It offers approximately 3,300 classes of equipment for rent to customers comprising construction and industrial companies, manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners, and government entities. United Rentals has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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