Agilysys Inc. Stock Upgraded (AGYS)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Agilysys (Nasdaq: AGYS) 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 compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.8%. 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.
  • AGYS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, AGYS has a quick ratio of 1.67, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 40.00% is the gross profit margin for AGILYSYS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of AGYS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AGYS's net profit margin of -32.60% significantly underperformed when compared to 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, AGILYSYS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $12.20 million or 60.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Agilysys, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides information technology (IT) solutions to corporate and public-sector customers primarily in North America. Agilysys has a market cap of $172 million and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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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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