Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. Stock Downgraded (RBA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE: RBA) 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, 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • RBA's revenue growth trails the industry average of 34.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.38, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.03, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average. The net income increased by 17.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $26.76 million to $31.30 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $43.17 million or 59.68% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • RBA has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 8.32% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated, an industrial auctioneer, sells various equipment to on-site and online bidders. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.2, below the average diversified services industry P/E ratio of 25.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has a market cap of $2.01 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

You can view the full Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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