Ingersoll-Rand PLC Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (IR)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE: IR) 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 solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, IR's share price has jumped by 30.13%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • INGERSOLL-RAND PLC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, INGERSOLL-RAND PLC increased its bottom line by earning $3.29 versus $1.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.60 versus $3.29).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.45, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.74 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, INGERSOLL-RAND PLC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

Ingersoll-Rand plc engages in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of a diverse portfolio of industrial and commercial products in the United States and internationally. Ingersoll-Rand has a market cap of $17.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 21% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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