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-- Molson Coors Brewing Company

(NYSE:

TAP

) 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 disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • TAP's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.26 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 1.40, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 44.20% is the gross profit margin for MOLSON COORS BREWING CO which we consider to be strong. Regardless of TAP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 11.50% trails the industry average.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Beverages industry average. The net income has decreased by 4.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $82.90 million to $79.50 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Beverages industry and the overall market, MOLSON COORS BREWING CO's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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Molson Coors Brewing Company manufactures and sells beer and other beverage products. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the average food & beverage industry P/E ratio of 11 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Molson Coors Brewing has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

food & beverage

industry. Shares are down 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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