US Silica Holdings Inc Stock Upgraded (SLCA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- US Silica Holdings (NYSE: SLCA) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 24.6%. 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 47.58% 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, SLCA should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • U S SILICA HOLDINGS INC has improved earnings per share by 11.1% 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, U S SILICA HOLDINGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.50 versus $0.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.57 versus $1.50).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Metals & Mining industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 13.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $18.80 million to $21.33 million.
  • 36.98% is the gross profit margin for U S SILICA HOLDINGS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of SLCA's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 14.77% trails the industry average.

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, mines, processes, and sells commercial silica in the United States. It operates in two segments, Oil & Gas Proppants and Industrial & Specialty Products. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. US Silica has a market cap of $1.58 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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