Lihua International Inc Stock Upgraded (LIWA)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Lihua International (Nasdaq: LIWA) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • LIWA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 1.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 61.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • LIWA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 6.91, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $8.74 million or 0.54% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow LIHUA INTERNATIONAL INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -27.39%.
  • The gross profit margin for LIHUA INTERNATIONAL INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.60%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 8.70% trails that of the industry average.

Lihua International, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production of copper replacement cable and wire products in the People's Republic of China. The company has a P/E ratio of 3.6, equal to the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Lihua International has a market cap of $181.7 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 33.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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