Walt Disney (DIS) Elects Twitter's (TWTR) Jack Dorsey To Board of Directors

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Walt Disney (DIS) announced Monday that it has elected Twitter (TWTR) chairman Jack Dorsey to its board of directors.

Dorsey, who is also CEO of mobile payments company Square, will join the board immediately as an independent director. Disney CEO Robert Iger said in a press release that Dorsey's perspective and expertise will help the company use "the latest technologies and platforms to reach more people and to enhance the relationship we have with our customers."

All Disney directors, including the newly-elected Dorsey, will stand for election at a meeting on March 18, 2014. Judith Estrin, a former Cisco (CSCO) CTO, will not stand for re-election at the meeting due to Disney's 15 year limit for board members.

TheStreet Ratings team rates Disney as a "buy" with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DISNEY (WALT) CO (DIS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.3%. 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 46.11% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, DIS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • DISNEY (WALT) CO has improved earnings per share by 13.2% 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, DISNEY (WALT) CO increased its bottom line by earning $3.38 versus $3.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.94 versus $3.38).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Media industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 12.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,244.00 million to $1,394.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 78.17% to $2,735.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, DISNEY (WALT) CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 13.96%.

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