Dynamic Materials (BOOM) Downgraded From Buy to Hold - TheStreet

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Dynamic Materials (BOOM) - Get 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 DYNAMIC MATERIALS CORP (BOOM) 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 solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins."

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

  • BOOM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.15 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, BOOM has a quick ratio of 1.90, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • BOOM, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • DYNAMIC MATERIALS CORP's earnings per share declined by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DYNAMIC MATERIALS CORP reported lower earnings of $0.51 versus $0.87 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.71 versus $0.51).
  • 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 Machinery industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 29.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.56 million to $2.50 million.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, BOOM has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 21.98% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BOOM Ratings Report

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