NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Orix Corporation (NYSE: IX) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income, generally weak debt management and weak operating cash flow.
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- In its most recent trading session, IX has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Financial Services industry average. The net income has decreased by 20.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $190.90 million to $152.03 million.
- The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 3.38 and currently higher than the industry average, implying that there is very poor management of debt levels within the company.
- Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $1,293.36 million or 1.89% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
- The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Diversified Financial Services industry and the overall market, ORIX CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff