VOXX International Corp Stock Downgraded (VOXX)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- VOXX International (Nasdaq: VOXX) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.4%. 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.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, VOXX's share price has jumped by 27.71%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORP 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. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.10 versus $1.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.19 versus $1.10).
  • 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 Distributors industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 289.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.49 million to -$4.70 million.
  • The gross profit margin for VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.50%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -2.40% trails that of the industry average.

VOXX International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a distributor in the accessory, mobile, and consumer electronics industries in the United States and internationally. The company also operates as an original equipment manufacturer. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.6, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. VOXX International has a market cap of $200 million and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. Shares are up 12% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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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