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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- AmerisourceBergen (ABC) - Get AmerisourceBergen Corporation Report has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Buy to Hold with a ratings score of C+.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORP (ABC) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity."

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Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 20.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.1%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 189.37% to $896.96 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 37.92%.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, ABC's share price has jumped by 42.30%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • 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 Health Care Providers & Services industry and the overall market, AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for AMERISOURCEBERGEN CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 2.24%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.59% trails that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ABC Ratings Report

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