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Company: General Mills (GIS)


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Brief Overview

  1. Retention rate= 48%
  2. Levered Free Cash Flow = 1.25B
  3. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 69
  4. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 2.84
  5. Operating Margin = 15.78
  6. Quarterly Revenue Growth = 13%
  7. Quarterly Earnings Growth = - 2.00%
  8. Operating Cash Flow = 1.94B
  9. Percentage Held by Institutions = 70%
  10. Beta = 0.18
  11. 5 year EPS growth rate = 9.8%
  12. Sales vs 1 year ago = 11.90

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1798
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 1531
  3. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 3247
  4. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 3063
  5. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 392
  6. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 3.32
  7. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 3.05
  8. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 14880
  9. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 14797
  10. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 1.76
  11. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 1.99
  12. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 2.3
  13. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 2.48


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Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 3.4
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average =2.9
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth = 11.51

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.52
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.46

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 7.33
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 24.71
  3. Current Ratio = 1.00
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.9
  5. Quick Ratio = 0.63
  6. Cash Ratio = 0.31
  7. Interest Coverage = 3.40

Company: The Mosaic Company (MOS)

Basic overview

  1. Quarterly revenue growth rate = -1.10
  2. Quarterly earnings growth rate = - 49.60
  3. Beta = 1.35
  4. Cash Flow 5 -year Average = 3.56
  5. Levered free cash flow = $405 million
  6. Long term debt to equity = 0.09
  7. Sales vs 1 year ago = 47
  8. Retention rate = 96%
  9. Short ratio = 3.2%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 2515
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 827
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 2350
  4. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 3777
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 1737
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 3366
  7. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 5.47
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 3.03
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 5.23
  10. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 9938
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 6759
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 10298
  13. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 0.95
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 4.55
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 4.27
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 1.9
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 4.34


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Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 0.90
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average = 0.27

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.04
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.05

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 17.96
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth 12/2011 = 15.63
  3. ROE 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 20.95
  4. Return on Investment 12/2011 = 16.66
  5. Current Ratio = 3.67
  6. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 2.99
  7. Quick Ratio = 2.81
  8. Cash Ratio = 2.33
  9. Interest Coverage = 130

Company: Westport Innovations (WPRT)

Basic overview

  1. Quarterly revenue growth rate = 132%
  2. Beta = 1.71
  3. Operating cash flow = -43.6 million
  4. Long term debt to equity = 0.16
  5. Sales vs 1 year ago = 75
  6. Short ratio = 6.2%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = -60
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = -12
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = -7
  4. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = -6
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 1
  6. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = -0.85
  7. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = -0.88
  8. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 265
  9. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 148
  10. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 122
  11. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = -0.11
  12. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = -1.11
  13. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = -1.02
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = -1
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = -1.24


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Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 30
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = -43.53
  3. Return on Investment = -21.54
  4. Current Ratio = 4.60
  5. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 4.28
  6. Quick Ratio = 4.00
  7. Cash Ratio = 4.42
  8. Book Value = 7.76

Notes

The percentage short of float stands at a rather striking 31%. This makes it a good candidate for a short squeeze. A bit of good news could send the stock soaring. However, this stock falls under the speculative category and should only be considered by those individuals willing to take on some risk. It also sports a good 3-5 year estimated EPS growth rate of 30% and quarterly revenue growth of 132%.

Company: Nabors Industries (NBR)

Basic overview

  1. Quarterly revenue growth rate = 37.6%
  2. Quarterly earnings growth rate = 61%
  3. Profit margin = 4%
  4. Operating margin = 15%
  5. Beta = 2.28
  6. Book value = 20.02
  7. Operating cash flow = $1.4 B
  8. Levered free cash flow = - $862M

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 244
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 95
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = -86
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterlies ($mil) = 134
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 1750
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 1437
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 1109
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 5.13
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 4.1
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 4.04
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 6137
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 4216
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 3503
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 3.05
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 3.14
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 1.29
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 1.03
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.61


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Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 27.55
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth = -23.9
  3. ROE 5 Year Average = 12.69
  4. Return on Investment = 4.55
  5. Current Ratio = 1.98
  6. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 2.04
  7. Quick Ratio = 1.56
  8. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 4.39

Notes

It is trading roughly 6.50 below book and has a good 3-5 year estimated EPS growth rate of 27.5%. It also sports a good quarterly revenue growth rate of 37% and a great quarterly earnings growth rate of 61%

Company: Trina Solar Ltd (TSL)

Basic overview

  1. Quarterly revenue growth rate = -35%
  2. Profit margin = -6.24%
  3. Operating margin = - 5.06%
  4. Beta = 2.83
  5. 5 year sales growth rate = 62%
  6. 5 year capital spending growth rate = 35.8%
  7. Long term debt to equity = 0.57
  8. Book value = 15.78

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = -38
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 311
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 98
  4. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 74
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 446
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 185
  7. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 0.4
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 5.32
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 1.97
  10. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 2048
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 1858
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 845
  13. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 0.73
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 1.19
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 1.68
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 4.18
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = -0.54


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Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 40.52
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = 16.86
  3. ROE 5 Year Average = 16.86
  4. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average = 22.2
  5. Current Ratio = 1.76
  6. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.88
  7. Quick Ratio = 1.51

Notes

The short percentage of float is 19%, which makes it a good candidate for a short squeeze. It also has a good 3-5 EPS estimated growth rate of 40%, is trading roughly $9.70 below book and has a 5 year sales growth rate of 62%. This stock would also fall under the speculative category and only individuals willing to take on some risk should consider this play.

Disclaimer: It is imperative that you do your due diligence and then determine if the above plays meets with your risk tolerance levels. The Latin maxim caveat emptor applies-let the buyer beware

Source: 2 Speculative, 1 Growth And 2 Dividend Plays That Merit Further Attention