NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Many companies in the U.S. are using "green" energy for their electricity needs, but does that environmental stewardship translate into stock profits? The answer may surprise you.

So-called green power is a subset of renewable energy that represents sources and technologies that "provide the highest environmental benefit," according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA defines green power as electricity produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources.

The EPA is able to track annual usage of green power of companies and organizations that are a part of its Green Power Partnership, an initiative to encourage green power use as a way to reduce environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use. More than 1,300 public and private companies, government agencies, universities, and even professional sports teams have signed on to the initiative. The EPA keeps tally of just how much green energy these companies and organizations are using through quarterly updates.

Surprisingly, hundreds of EPA partners are fulfilling 100% or more of their energy needs with green power (companies that have bought more green power than they use are above 100% by the EPA's reckoning). Those companies on the EPA's 100% Green Power Users list use a combined power use of nearly 13 billion kilowatt-hours annually, "which is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of more than 1.2 million average American households each year," the EPA said.

So does being green mean companies are a buy for investors? Not necessarily, according TheStreet Ratings, TheStreet's proprietary ratings tool. Sometimes being green doesn't mean being profitable.

TheStreet paired the top 15 publicly-traded 100% green power companies with TheStreet Ratings.

TheStreet Ratings projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 32 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating over 4,300 stocks to predict return potential for the next year. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a "buy" yielded a 16.56% return in 2014 beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points. Buying a Russell 2000 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a "buy" yielded a 9.5% return in 2014, beating the Russell 2000 index, including dividends reinvested, by 460 basis points last year.

Read this list to see which surprising U.S. company uses the most green power -- and if it's worth investing in.


15. Voya Financial (VOYA)
Industry: Banking & Financial Services
Market Cap: $10.3 billion
West Chester, Pa.
Green Power Resources: Wind

Approximately 43.2 million kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of Voya Financial's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates VOYA FINANCIAL INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate VOYA FINANCIAL INC (VOYA) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good."

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

  • VOYA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • VOYA FINANCIAL 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VOYA FINANCIAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $9.18 versus $2.27 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 63.5% in earnings ($3.35 versus $9.18).
  • VOYA's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.64 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further.

 

 

14. Empire State Building (Empire State Realty Trust (ESRT))
Industry: Real Estate
Market Cap: $2 billion
New York, N.Y.
Green Power Resources: Wind

Approximately 48.3 million kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of New York's famous Empire State Building annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates EMPIRE STATE REALTY TR INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate EMPIRE STATE REALTY TR INC (ESRT) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins."

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

  • EMPIRE STATE REALTY TR INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, EMPIRE STATE REALTY TR INC reported lower earnings of $0.28 versus $0.41 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 86.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $30.73 million to $4.14 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, EMPIRE STATE REALTY TR INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for EMPIRE STATE REALTY TR INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.36%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.43% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is higher, and it has outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. We feel that the combination of its price rise over the last year and its current price-to-earnings ratio relative to its industry tend to reduce its upside potential.

 

13. Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR)
Industry: Food & Beverage
Market Cap: $18.2 billion
Waterbury, Vt.
Green Power Resources: Solar, Wind

Approximately 78.8 million kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of Keurig Green Mountain's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN INC (GMCR) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow."

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

  • GMCR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.08 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, GMCR has a quick ratio of 1.64, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 37.89% is the gross profit margin for KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 9.70% is above that of the industry average.
  • KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN INC's earnings per share declined by 9.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, KEURIG GREEN MOUNTAIN INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.74 versus $3.16 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.10 versus $3.74).
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

 

12. SAP America (parent company: SAP SE (SAP))
Industry: Technology & Telecom
Market Cap: $88.6 billion (parent company)
Newtown Square, Pa.
Green Power Resources: Various

Approximately 86 million kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of SAP America's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates SAP SE as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SAP SE (SAP) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

  • The gross profit margin for SAP SE is currently very high, coming in at 78.68%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 24.81% is above that of the industry average.
  • SAP SE's earnings per share declined by 20.5% 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, SAP SE reported lower earnings of $3.32 versus $3.83 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.88 versus $3.32).
  • SAP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 18.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.92 is weak.

 

11. Herman Miller (MLHR)
Industry: Industrial Goods & Services
Market Cap: $1.7 billion
Zeeland, Mich.
Green Power Resources: Biomass, Wind

Approximately 86.5 million kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of Herman Miller's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates MILLER (HERMAN) INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MILLER (HERMAN) INC (MLHR) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

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

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 2.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, MILLER (HERMAN) INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $29.10 million or 27.07% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.86%.
  • 39.48% is the gross profit margin for MILLER (HERMAN) INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.08% trails the industry average.

 

10. Washington Real Estate Investment Trust (WRE)
Industry: Real Estate
Market Cap: $1.8 billion
Rockville, Md.
Green Power Resources: Wind

Approximately 117 million kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of Washington Real Estate Investment Trust's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates WASHINGTON REIT as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate WASHINGTON REIT (WRE) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins."

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

  • WRE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $17.82 million or 10.12% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 87.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $18.86 million to $2.34 million.

9. Steelcase (SCS)
Industry: Consumer Products
Market Cap: $2.3 billion
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Green Power Resources: Wind

Approximately 121 million kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of Steelcase's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates STEELCASE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate STEELCASE INC (SCS) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity 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."

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

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.43, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.05, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • STEELCASE INC's earnings per share declined by 5.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STEELCASE INC reported lower earnings of $0.68 versus $0.69 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.06 versus $0.68).
  • SCS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 3.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. 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 return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, STEELCASE INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

 

8. NYSE Euronext (parent company: Intercontinental Exchange (ICE))
Industry: Banking & Financial Services
Market Cap: $25.8 billion (parent company)
New York, N.Y.
Green Power Resources: Wind

Approximately 126.2 million kilowatt-hours, or 123%, of NYSE Euronext's (owner of the New York Stock Exchange) annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE (ICE) 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 robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. 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 analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • ICE's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 2.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 54.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE 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, INTERCONTINENTAL EXCHANGE increased its bottom line by earning $8.45 versus $4.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($12.12 versus $8.45).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Financial Services industry. The net income increased by 263.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$176.08 million to $288.00 million.

7. Deutsche Bank (DB)
Industry: Banking & Financial Services
Market Cap: $46 billion
New York, N.Y.
Green Power Resources: Wind

Approximately 150 million kilowatt-hours, or 110%, of Deutsche Bank's annual electricity use comes from green power. (Note: Deutsche Bank's data has been updated as of April 6 with 211 million kilowatt-hours, or 109%, of the company's annual electricity use coming from green power.)

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates DEUTSCHE BANK AG as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DEUTSCHE BANK AG (DB) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself."

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

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$23,731.43 million or 433.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • DB has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.61% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DEUTSCHE BANK AG underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • DB, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for DEUTSCHE BANK AG is currently very high, coming in at 70.86%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, DB's net profit margin of 4.22% significantly trails the industry average.

 

6. State Street Corp. (STT)
Industry: Banking & Financial Services
Market Cap: $31.6 billion
Boston, Mass.
Green Power Resources: Solar, Wind

Approximately 205 million kilowatt-hours, or 116%, of State Street's annual electricity use comes from green power. (Note: State Street's data has been updated as of April 6 with 211 million kilowatt-hours, or 109%, of the company's annual electricity use coming from green power.)

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates STATE STREET CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate STATE STREET CORP (STT) 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

  • STT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 143.61% to $403.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, STATE STREET CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -22.85%.
  • The gross profit margin for STATE STREET CORP is currently very high, coming in at 96.12%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 18.00% trails the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

 

5. TD Bank N.A. (parent company: Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD))
Industry: Banking & Financial Services
Market Cap: $84 billion (parent company)
Cherry Hill, N.J.
Green Power Resources: Solar, Wind

Approximately 270.8 million kilowatt-hours, or 101%, of TD Bank's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates TORONTO DOMINION BANK as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate TORONTO DOMINION BANK (TD) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself."

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

  • TD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for TORONTO DOMINION BANK is currently very high, coming in at 82.72%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 23.85% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $19,253.00 million or 5.72% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TORONTO DOMINION BANK has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -74.04%.
  • TORONTO DOMINION BANK's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, TORONTO DOMINION BANK increased its bottom line by earning $4.13 versus $3.45 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Commercial Banks industry average. The net income increased by 0.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2,015.00 million to $2,033.00 million.

 

4. Unilever (UN)
Industry: Consumer Products
Market Cap: $84 billion (parent company)
Engelwood Cliffs, N.J.
Green Power Resources: Biomass, Wind

Approximately 514.8 million kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of Unilever's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: no ratings available

 

3. Kohl's (KSS)
Industry: Retail
Market Cap: $15.2 billion
Menomonee Falls, Wisc.
Green Power Resources: Solar

Approximately 1.53 billion kilowatt-hours, or 113%, of Kohl's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates KOHL'S CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate KOHL'S CORP (KSS) 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, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

  • KSS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost 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 38.64% 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, KSS should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • KOHL'S CORP has improved earnings per share by 17.3% 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, KOHL'S CORP increased its bottom line by earning $4.26 versus $4.07 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.55 versus $4.26).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Multiline Retail industry. The net income increased by 10.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $334.00 million to $369.00 million.

2. Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)
Industry: Technology & Telecom
Market Cap: $2.49 billion
Redmond, Wash.
Green Power Resources: Biogas, Biomass, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind

Approximately 2.49 billion kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of Microsoft's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates MICROSOFT CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate MICROSOFT CORP (MSFT) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.31, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, MSFT has a quick ratio of 2.24, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for MICROSOFT CORP is rather high; currently it is at 67.45%. Regardless of MSFT'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 22.14% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, MICROSOFT CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

 

1. Intel (INTC)
Industry: Technology & Telecom
Market Cap: $3.1 billion
Santa Clara, Calif.
Green Power Resources: Biogas, Biomass, Small-hydro, Solar, Wind

Approximately 3.1 billion kilowatt-hours, or 100%, of Intel's annual electricity use comes from green power.

TheStreet Ratings said: TheStreet Ratings team rates INTEL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate INTEL CORP (INTC) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."

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

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 1.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • INTC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.15, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, INTEL CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.