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Revett Minerals Inc. Stock Downgraded (RVM)

Editor's Note: 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

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Revett Minerals (AMEX:RVM) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels 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 weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • RVM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.03, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, REVETT MINERALS INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for REVETT MINERALS INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.70%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -16.50% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.37 million or 52.10% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

Revett Minerals Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the exploration of copper and silver properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, above the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 7.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Revett has a market cap of $111.9 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 35.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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