Global Sources Ltd. Stock Downgraded (GSOL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Global Sources (Nasdaq: GSOL) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.7%. 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.
  • GSOL 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. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.75 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for GLOBAL SOURCES LTD is currently extremely low, coming in at 12.90%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 8.00% trails that of the industry average.
  • 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 greatly underperformed compared to the Media industry average. The net income has decreased by 12.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $3.54 million to $3.11 million.

Global Sources Ltd. operates as a business-to-business media company primarily in greater China. It provides sourcing information to volume buyers and integrated marketing services to suppliers. The company offers trade information using online media, print media, and face-to-face events. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.6, below the average internet industry P/E ratio of 7.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Global Sources has a market cap of $217.8 million and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 33.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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