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FTI Consulting Inc. Stock Downgraded (FCN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- FTI Consulting (NYSE: FCN) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 2.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.2%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.68, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, FCN has a quick ratio of 2.04, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 40.50% is the gross profit margin for FTI CONSULTING INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FCN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FCN's net profit margin of -21.50% significantly underperformed when compared to 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 Professional Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 315.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $39.88 million to -$85.88 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 Professional Services industry and the overall market, FTI CONSULTING INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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FTI Consulting, Inc. operates as a business advisory firm enabling organizations to protect enterprise values in complex legal, regulatory, and economic environments worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. FTI Consulting has a market cap of $1.47 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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