UBS AG Stock Downgraded (UBS)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- UBS (NYSE: UBS) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally weak debt management, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 90.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2,054.46 million to $192.71 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 6.21 and currently higher than the industry average, implying that there is very poor management of debt levels within the company.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. When compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, UBS AG's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$52,225.62 million or 515.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The share price of UBS AG has not done very well: it is down 23.70% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
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UBS AG, a financial services firm, provides wealth management, asset management, and investment banking products and services to private, corporate, and institutional clients worldwide. The company is also involved in retail and commercial banking in Switzerland. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, above the average banking industry P/E ratio of 8.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. UBS has a market cap of $52.08 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 17.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full UBS Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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