NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Lifetime Brands (Nasdaq: LCUT) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 230.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.73 million to -$0.95 million.
  • In its most recent trading session, LCUT has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Household Durables industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, LIFETIME BRANDS INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.

Lifetime Brands Inc. designs, markets, and distributes consumer products primarily consisting of food preparation, tabletop, and home decor products in North America. The company's food preparation products include kitchenware and cutlery products. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, above the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 7.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 16.2. Lifetime has a market cap of $148.7 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. Shares are down 9.1% year to date as of the previous trading day's close.

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