NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Viasat (Nasdaq: VSAT) 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, good cash flow from operations 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, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- VSAT's revenue growth trails the industry average of 18.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.6%. 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.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 51.24% to $41.18 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 51.24%, VIASAT INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 117.47%.
- 40.40% is the gross profit margin for VIASAT INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of VSAT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VSAT's net profit margin of 2.50% is significantly lower than the same period one year prior.
- 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 Communications Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 60.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $12.92 million to $5.14 million.
- The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, VIASAT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff