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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Deere & Co. (DE) - Get Deere & Company Report are falling by 0.56% to $74.19 at the start of trading on Tuesday morning, as the heavy machinery and farming equipment company prepares to release its 2015 fourth quarter earnings results.

The company will release its latest financial report before the market open on Wednesday morning.

Analysts are expecting Deere to report a sharp decline in its earnings per share results when compared to the same quarter in 2014. Revenue is also expected to have plunged for the most recent quarter.

Deere has been forecast, by analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters, to post earnings of 75 cents per share on revenue of $6.12 billion for the three month period ended in October.

The company's earnings came in at $1.83 per share on worldwide net sales of $8.96 billion for the 2014 fourth quarter.

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The company has been struggling with weaker conditions in the global farm sector.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DEERE & CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate DEERE & CO (DE) 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. Among the primary strengths of the company is its respectable return on equity which we feel is likely to continue. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

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

  • DE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 19.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 20.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, DEERE & CO's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1,346.50 million or 11.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 11.06%, DEERE & CO is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -18.51%.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 4.81 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • The gross profit margin for DEERE & CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.06%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.73% trails that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DE

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