Charles & Colvard Ltd. Stock Downgraded (CTHR)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Charles & Colvard (Nasdaq: CTHR) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 15.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 40.3%. 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.
  • CTHR 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 6.32, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, CTHR's share price has jumped by 57.65%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • 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 Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 59.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.24 million to -$0.38 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $0.38 million or 21.79% 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.
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Charles & Colvard, Ltd. manufactures, markets, and distributes moissanite jewels and finished jewelry featuring moissanite in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 52.1, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Charles & Colvard has a market cap of $81.3 million and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. Shares are up 72.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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