NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- TTM Technologies (Nasdaq: TTMI) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 42.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. 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.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.62, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.05, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • TTM TECHNOLOGIES INC's earnings per share declined by 16.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TTM TECHNOLOGIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.93 versus $0.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.57 versus $0.93).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 15.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $29.09 million to $24.48 million.

TTM Technologies, Inc. provides printed circuit board (PCB) products and backplane assemblies worldwide. Its PCB products include conventional PCBs, high density interconnect PCBs, flexible PCBs, rigid-flex PCBs, backplane assemblies, and IC substrates. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the average electronics industry P/E ratio of 12.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TTM has a market cap of $883.3 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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