Rating Change #3

Louisiana-Pacific Corp ( LPX) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • LPX's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.74, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, LPX has a quick ratio of 2.49, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to -$64.40 million or 5.84% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CORP's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 12.84%.
  • The gross profit margin for LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.30%. Regardless of LPX's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -3.10% trails the industry average.
  • 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 Paper & Forest Products industry and the overall market, LOUISIANA-PACIFIC CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and distributing building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $1.32 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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