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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Zuoan Fashion (ZA) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Hold to Sell with a ratings score of D+.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR (ZA) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow."

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

  • ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR reported lower earnings of $1.03 versus $1.72 in the prior year.
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 103.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $11.16 million to -$0.36 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry and the overall market, ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ZUOAN FASHION LTD -ADR is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 31.29%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.91% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$8.10 million or 168.50% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ZA Ratings Report

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