Dover Saddlery Inc. Stock Downgraded (DOVR)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Dover Saddlery (Nasdaq: DOVR) 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, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally poor debt management.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • DOVR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Specialty Retail industry. The net income increased by 76.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.13 million to $0.22 million.
  • 37.20% is the gross profit margin for DOVER SADDLERY INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of DOVR's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.30% trails the industry average.
  • DOVR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.56% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • DOVR's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.81 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.13 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.

Dover Saddlery, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer and multi-channel marketer of equestrian products in the United States, primarily serving the English-style and Western-style riding industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, equal to the average specialty retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Dover Saddlery has a market cap of $23.3 million and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. Shares are up 9% 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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