Fibria Celulose SA Stock Upgraded (FBR)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Fibria Celulose (NYSE: FBR) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • FIBRIA CELULOSE SA 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. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, FIBRIA CELULOSE SA continued to lose money by earning -$0.54 versus -$0.63 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.19 versus -$0.54).
  • 42.88% is the gross profit margin for FIBRIA CELULOSE SA which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FBR's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year.
  • 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 Paper & Forest Products industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FIBRIA CELULOSE SA underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • FBR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.50% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

Fibria Celulose S.A. is engaged in the production, sale, and export of short fiber pulp. The company primarily offers bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp used in the manufacture of toilet paper; uncoated and coated paper for printing and writing; and coated cardboard for packaging. Fibria Celulose has a market cap of $5.62 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. Shares are down 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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