Vornado Realty Trust Stock Upgraded (VNO)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Vornado Realty (NYSE: VNO) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. 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:
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $344.79 million or 39.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.79%.
  • VORNADO REALTY TRUST's earnings per share declined by 20.0% 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 year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VORNADO REALTY TRUST reported lower earnings of $1.46 versus $2.41 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.70 versus $1.46).
  • VNO, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • The gross profit margin for VORNADO REALTY TRUST is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.24%. Regardless of VNO's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.58% trails the industry average.

Vornado Realty Trust is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in commercial real estate properties to create its portfolio. The firm was formerly known as Vornado Inc. The company has a P/E ratio of 79.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Vornado has a market cap of $16.89 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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