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-- Kelly Services

(Nasdaq:

KELYA

) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • KELYA's revenue growth trails the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.2%. 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.
  • KELYA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.07 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.49, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Professional Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 80.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $12.90 million to $2.50 million.
  • 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 Professional Services industry and the overall market, KELLY SERVICES INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Kelly Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides workforce solutions to various industries worldwide. Kelly Services has a market cap of $615.3 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 28.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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