Trade-Ideas: Total System Services (TSS) Is Today's New Lifetime High Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Total System Services ( TSS) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Total System Services as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • TSS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $34.3 million.
  • TSS has traded 5,615 shares today.
  • TSS is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on TSS:

Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing services to banks and other financial institutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and internationally. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1%. TSS has a PE ratio of 25. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Total System Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Total System Services has been 863,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Total System Services has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.77 and a short float of 2.1% with 3.56 days to cover. Shares are up 21.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Total System Services as a buy. 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 22.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.84, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, TSS has a quick ratio of 1.87, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES 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, TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.46 versus $1.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.24 versus $1.46).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the IT Services industry. The net income increased by 57.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $49.30 million to $77.76 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $158.49 million or 6.58% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -11.51%.

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