NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Trinity Biotech (Nasdaq: TRIB) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for TRINITY BIOTECH PLC is rather high; currently it is at 51.70%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 18.60% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, TRINITY BIOTECH PLC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • TRIB's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 6.82, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 87.22% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, TRIB should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.

Trinity Biotech plc acquires, develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells diagnostic test kits and instrumentation worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.6, above the average drugs industry P/E ratio of 4.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 21.5. Trinity Biotech has a market cap of $189.7 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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