Kemet Corporation Stock Downgraded (KEM)
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- 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 155.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $31.85 million to -$17.75 million.
- Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, KEMET CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- The gross profit margin for KEMET CORP is rather low; currently it is at 19.70%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -7.90% is significantly below that of the industry average.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$21.21 million or 498.02% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.08 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, KEM has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.84, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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