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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Orion Marine Group (ORN) - Get Orion Group Holdings, Inc. 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 ORION MARINE GROUP INC (ORN) 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. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins."
Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:
- The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
- ORION MARINE GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, ORION MARINE GROUP INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.01 versus -$0.44 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.17 versus $0.01).
- ORN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.98 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
- The gross profit margin for ORION MARINE GROUP INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.02%. Regardless of ORN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ORN's net profit margin of 2.76% compares favorably to the industry average.
- ORN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.39% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: ORN Ratings Report
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