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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sigma Designs (SIGM) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Sell to Hold with a ratings score of C.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SIGMA DESIGNS INC (SIGM) 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining."

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

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 77.77% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 36.47% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • SIGMA DESIGNS 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, SIGMA DESIGNS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.32 versus -$3.06 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.15 versus -$0.32).
  • The gross profit margin for SIGMA DESIGNS INC is rather high; currently it is at 59.42%. Regardless of SIGM's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SIGM's net profit margin of -1.03% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • SIGM, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, SIGMA DESIGNS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SIGM Ratings Report

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