Hologic Inc Stock Downgraded (HOLX)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Hologic (Nasdaq: HOLX) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and unimpressive growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.4%. 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.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that HOLX's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.99 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • 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 Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 148.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $82.45 million to -$40.27 million.
  • The share price of HOLOGIC INC has not done very well: it is down 14.63% 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. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
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Hologic Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostic, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for the healthcare needs of women. The company operates in four segments: Breast Health, Diagnostics, GYN Surgical, and Skeletal Health. The company has a P/E ratio of 29.9, below the average health services industry P/E ratio of 30.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Hologic has a market cap of $5.04 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are up 7.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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