Inphi Corp Stock Upgraded (IPHI)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Inphi (NYSE: IPHI) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • IPHI has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 8.27, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for INPHI CORP is rather high; currently it is at 64.30%. Regardless of IPHI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, IPHI's net profit margin of -6.70% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 164.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.44 million to -$1.57 million.
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, INPHI CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Inphi Corporation provides high-speed analog semiconductor solutions for the communications and computing markets worldwide. Inphi has a market cap of $252.5 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 12.5% 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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