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-- Microsemi

(Nasdaq:

MSCC

) 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 8.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.5%. 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.
  • MSCC's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68 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 MSCC's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.25 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 123.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $18.28 million to -$4.30 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. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, MICROSEMI CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Microsemi Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets analog and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions primarily in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Microsemi has a market cap of $2.34 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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