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TOR Minerals International Inc. Stock Downgraded (TORM)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- TOR Minerals International (Nasdaq: TORM) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 34.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • TOR MINERALS INTL INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, TOR MINERALS INTL INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.20 versus $0.87 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.80 versus $1.20).
  • TORM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that TORM's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.65, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • TORM has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.26% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$3.86 million or 3963.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

TOR Minerals International, Inc., a specialty chemical company, engages in the manufacture and marketing of mineral products. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, equal to the average chemicals industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TOR Minerals International has a market cap of $40.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

You can view the full TOR Minerals International Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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