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Titan Machinery Inc. Stock Downgraded (TITN)

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) -- Titan Machinery (Nasdaq:TITN) 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • TITN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.7%. 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.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 37.74%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 105.55% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, TITAN MACHINERY INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for TITAN MACHINERY INC is rather low; currently it is at 16.70%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.09% trails that of the industry average.
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Titan Machinery Inc. owns and operates a network of full service agricultural and construction equipment stores in the United States and Europe. It engages in the sale of new and used equipment. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Titan Machinery has a market cap of $437.6 million and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. Shares are down 16% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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