The Food & Beverage industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.8%. Laggards within the Food & Beverage industry included

Reliv' International

(

RELV

), down 2.1%,

Crystal Rock Holdings

(

CRVP

), down 9.7%,

RiceBran Technologies

(

RIBT

), down 2.5%,

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

(

RMCF

), down 3.5% and

G Willi-Food International

(

WILC

), down 4.5%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

(

RMCF

) is one of the companies that pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory was down $0.45 (3.5%) to $12.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,901 shares of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $12.15-$12.75 after having opened the day at $12.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.76.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a confectionery franchisor, manufacturer, and retail operator. It operates through five segments, Franchising, Manufacturing, Retail Stores, U-Swirl Operations, and Other. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has a market cap of $76.3 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

as a

buy

. 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, notable return on equity, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RMCF go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.33, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.47, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Food Products industry and the overall market, ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOC FACT INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Food Products industry average. The net income increased by 7.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $0.71 million to $0.76 million.
  • 36.09% is the gross profit margin for ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOC FACT INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of RMCF's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RMCF's net profit margin of 7.36% compares favorably to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Ratings Report

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At the close,

RiceBran Technologies

(

RIBT

) was down $0.07 (2.5%) to $2.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,551 shares of RiceBran Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.75-$2.93 after having opened the day at $2.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.86.

RiceBran Technologies engages in processing and marketing of healthy, natural, and nutrient dense products that are derived from raw rice. RiceBran Technologies has a market cap of $28.5 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are down 31.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates RiceBran Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

RiceBran Technologies

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RIBT go as follows:

  • 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 Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 61.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.87 million to -$3.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.45, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for RICEBRAN TECHNOLOGIES is rather low; currently it is at 17.71%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -31.07% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$1.97 million or 26.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow RICEBRAN TECHNOLOGIES is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -37.89%.
  • RIBT's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 38.50%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

RiceBran Technologies Ratings Report

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Reliv' International

(

RELV

) was another company that pushed the Food & Beverage industry lower today. Reliv' International was down $0.03 (2.1%) to $1.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,960 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.24-$1.27 after having opened the day at $1.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.27.

Reliv' International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets nutritional supplements that promote basic nutrition, wellness needs, weight management, and sports nutrition. Reliv' International has a market cap of $16.4 million and is part of the utilities sector. Shares are up 8.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Reliv' International

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RELV go as follows:

  • RELV's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • RELV's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.90 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Personal Products industry and the overall market, RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • RELV has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.30% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Reliv' International Ratings Report

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