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NEW YORK (
) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.
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Highlights from the ratings report include:
- GTS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.11 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
- TRIPLE-S MANAGEMENT CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TRIPLE-S MANAGEMENT CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.95 versus $1.90 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.14 versus $1.95).
- 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 Health Care Providers & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 109.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $17.77 million to -$1.74 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 Health Care Providers & Services industry and the overall market, TRIPLE-S MANAGEMENT CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
Triple-S Management Corporation, through its subsidiaries, offers a portfolio of managed care and related products in the commercial and Medicare markets in Puerto Rico. The company operates in three segments: Managed Care, Life Insurance, and Property and Casualty Insurance. Triple-S Management has a market cap of $403.7 million and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. Shares are down 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.
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