Rating Change #5
Toyota Motor Corporation (TM - Get Report) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.
Highlights from the ratings report include:
- The gross profit margin for TOYOTA MOTOR CORP is rather low; currently it is at 18.30%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.50% trails that of the industry average.
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Automobiles industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 79.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1,198.00 million to $245.00 million.
- Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.20, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Automobiles industry. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.87 is weak.
- Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $6,888.00 million or 28.62% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.93%.
Toyota Motor Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of sedans, minivans, compact cars, sport-utility vehicles, trucks, and related parts and accessories primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia. The company has a P/E ratio of 56, above the average automotive industry P/E ratio of 25.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Toyota has a market cap of $126.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.You can view the full Toyota Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.