NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) - Get Report shares are down 1.14% to $31.20 in early market trading on Tuesday after the company was hit with a counter-suit less than a day after the company sued Mike Lynch, former CEO of British IT company Autonomy which the company bought in 2011.

Hewelett-Packard sued Lynch and former Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain for $5.1 billion for what it claimed was their mismanagement of the company before Hewlett-Packard bought it for $11.1 billion.

HP's suit centers on the claim that Lynch and Hussain provided a fraudulently optimistic view of the Autonomy's financial position to Hewlett Packard before the purchase. The suit comes about two months after U.K. regulators closed an investigation into those claims.

Hewlett Packard ended up writing down $8.8 billion in losses in 2012, less than a full year after the purchase, due to the acquisition, saying that $5 billion of that was due to improper accounting by Autonomy.

TheStreet Ratings team rates HEWLETT-PACKARD CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate HEWLETT-PACKARD CO (HPQ) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. Among the primary strengths of the company is its attractive valuation levels, considering its current price compared to earnings, book value and other measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

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

  • HEWLETT-PACKARD CO' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, HEWLETT-PACKARD CO's EPS of $2.62 remained unchanged from the prior years' EPS of $2.62. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.65 versus $2.62).
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 31.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • HPQ's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that HPQ's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 0.67 is low and demonstrates weak liquidity.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HEWLETT-PACKARD CO has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HPQ Ratings Report

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