Home Depot Inc.'s Buy Recommendation Supported

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Home Depot (NYSE: HD) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • HOME DEPOT INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, HOME DEPOT INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.00 versus $2.46 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.74 versus $3.00).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Specialty Retail industry average. The net income increased by 42.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $947.00 million to $1,351.00 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, HOME DEPOT INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,263.00 million or 12.46% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.07%.

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer. Home Depot has a market cap of $107.7 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are down 5.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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