NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tutor Perini (NYSE: TPC) 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, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.
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- 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 Construction & Engineering industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1869.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $19.69 million to -$348.42 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 Construction & Engineering industry and the overall market, TUTOR PERINI CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- The gross profit margin for TUTOR PERINI CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 8.80%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -35.40% is significantly below that of the industry average.
- The share price of TUTOR PERINI CORP has not done very well: it is down 11.04% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.
- TUTOR PERINI 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. 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, TUTOR PERINI CORP reported lower earnings of $1.79 versus $2.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.93 versus $1.79).
-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff