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The ratings are in: DirecTV is a hit with investing gurus

The DirecTV logo is seen atop the company's building in El Segundo, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2006.

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Digital television entertainment company DirecTV provides service to more than 35 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. It has a market cap of $38-billion (U.S.).

DirecTV has grown earnings at a 37-per-cent pace over the long term (using an average of the 3-, 4-, and 5-year EPS growth rates), doubling the broadcast & cable TV industry average of 18 per cent.

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Its growth rate and 14.5 P/E ratio make for a 0.39 PE-to-growth ratio, which the Peter Lynch model likes, and it has a 0-per-cent long term debt/equity ratio.

The company has good momentum (relative strength of 78 over past 12 months) but shares remain cheap (1.2 price/sales ratio), helping it earn strong interest from the James O'Shaughnessy-inspired growth model.

It has a stellar 83-per-cent return on capital (EBIT/ tangible capital employed), part of why the Joel Greenblatt-based model has strong interest, and it has a 15.7-per-cent earnings yield, another reason the Greenblatt model likes it.

DirecTV has averaged a 30-per-cent return on retained earnings (those not paid out as dividends) over the past decade, which the Warren Buffett model likes.

John Reese is long DTV.

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