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Hudson Technology Inc. Stock Downgraded (HDSN)

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) -- Hudson Technology (Nasdaq: HDSN) 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, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 27.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 123.80% over the past twelve months. Although HDSN had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • HUDSON TECHNOLOGIES INC has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. However, the consensus estimates suggest that there will be an upward trend in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HUDSON TECHNOLOGIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.04 versus $0.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.37 versus $0.04).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.46, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that HDSN's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.60, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$3.52 million or 147.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Hudson Technologies, Inc., through its subsidiary, Hudson Technologies Company, provides refrigerant services and solutions in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Hudson Technology has a market cap of $78.1 million and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. Shares are up 124.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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