LGL Group Inc. Stock Downgraded (LGL)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- LGL Group (AMEX: LGL) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • LGL GROUP INC has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, LGL GROUP INC reported lower earnings of $0.15 versus $4.20 in the prior year.
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 346.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.24 million to -$0.59 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, LGL GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for LGL GROUP INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.30%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -8.30% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 28.57%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 330.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
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The LGL Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of custom-designed engineered electronic components that are primarily used to control the frequency or timing of signals in electronic circuits. The company has a P/E ratio of 49, equal to the average electronics industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. LGL Group has a market cap of $19.1 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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