Boeing Co Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (BA)
By TheStreet Wire 08/17/12 - 09:15 AM EDT Find out if (BA) is in Cramer's Portfolio.
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Boeing (NYSE:BA) 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 robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.
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The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. 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.
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 Aerospace & Defense industry and the overall market, BOEING CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Aerospace & Defense industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 2.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $941.00 million to $967.00 million.
BOEING CO'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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BOEING CO increased its bottom line by earning $5.32 versus $4.44 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 11.7% in earnings ($4.70 versus $5.32).
The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, equal to the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Boeing has a market cap of $55.84 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.