NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Landauer (NYSE: LDR) 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, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for LANDAUER INC is rather high; currently it is at 69.70%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 24.70% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • LDR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that LDR's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.69, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Health Care Providers & Services industry. The net income increased by 2.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $7.81 million to $8.00 million.
  • LDR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.65% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

Landauer, Inc. and its subsidiaries provide technical and analytical services to determine occupational and environmental radiation exposure. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Landauer has a market cap of $498.8 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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