DSP Group Stock Downgraded (DSPG)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- DSP Group (Nasdaq: DSPG) 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, 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 underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry average. The net income has decreased by 9.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$2.04 million to -$2.22 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, DSP GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, DSPG has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 20.98% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • DSP GROUP INC's earnings per share declined by 11.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DSP GROUP INC reported poor results of -$0.70 versus -$0.33 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.09 versus -$0.70).
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 14.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 24.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

DSP Group, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, provides wireless chipset solutions for converged communications at home and office. DSP Group has a market cap of $126.4 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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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