PMFG Inc. Stock Downgraded (PMFG)

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Machinery industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 79.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.98 million to $1.03 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, PMFG INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PMFG INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.90% trails 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 56.01%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 81.48% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • PMFG 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PMFG INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.20 versus -$0.46 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 27.5% in earnings ($0.15 versus $0.20).

PMFG, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides custom-engineered systems and products primarily to power generation, natural gas infrastructure, and refining and petrochemical processing markets worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Process Products and Environmental Systems. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. PMFG has a market cap of $154.1 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 61.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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