Universal Technical Institute Stock Downgraded (UTI)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • UTI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.3%. 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.
  • UTI has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.98 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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 Diversified Consumer Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 35.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.29 million to $4.04 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.75 million or 79.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. provides postsecondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, and marine technicians in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Universal Technical has a market cap of $358.9 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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