NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- China Precision Steel (Nasdaq: CPSL) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.97 is weak.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA PRECISION STEEL INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 3.40%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -2.80% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, CHINA PRECISION STEEL INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • 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 Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 143.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.01 million to -$0.87 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 30.00%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 150.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

China Precision Steel, Inc., a steel processing company, engages in the manufacture and sale of high precision cold-rolled steel products in the People's Republic of China. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.3, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 60.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. China Precision has a market cap of $56.3 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 34.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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