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On Sep 18, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (IILG - Snapshot Report) to a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).

Why the Upgrade?

Interval Leisure Group has witnessed rising earnings estimates on the back of solid second-quarter 2013 results. Moreover, this provider of membership and leisure services to the vacation industry delivered positive earnings surprises in the last 4 quarters, with an average beat of 14.8%. The long-term expected earnings growth rate for this stock is 10%.    
Interval Leisure Group reported second-quarter results on Aug 7. Non-GAAP earnings per share came in at 32 cents, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 14.3%, and year-ago earnings by 78%.

The improvement came on the back of better top line (improving 5.2% year over year) and lower interest expense (plunging 82% year over year). Higher revenues from the operating segments – Membership and Exchange, and Management and Rental – aided the improvement in top line. Both the segments remain focused on organic growth initiatives and new business development activities.

While cash and cash equivalents of Interval Leisure Group at quarter-end improved 7.7% from 2012-end, debt level declined 17.3% over the same period. Free cash flow in the first half of 2013 increased 27.5% year over year.

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for fiscal 2013 increased 4.7% to $1.33 per share as 3 of 5 estimates were revised higher over the last 60 days. For 2014 as well, 3 of 5 estimates were revised higher over the same time frame, lifting the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3% to $1.37 per share.

Other Stocks to Consider

Business service providers Cardtronics Inc. (CATM - Snapshot Report), SouFun Holdings Ltd. (SFUN - Snapshot Report), and comScore, Inc. (SCOR - Snapshot Report), each carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) are also worth considering.

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