Chiquita Brands International Stock Downgraded (CQB)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Chiquita Brands International (NYSE: CQB) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CHIQUITA BRANDS INTL INC 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CHIQUITA BRANDS INTL INC reported lower earnings of $1.21 versus $1.31 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 114.0% in earnings (-$0.17 versus $1.21).
  • 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 Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 92.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $77.78 million to $5.51 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 Food Products industry and the overall market, CHIQUITA BRANDS INTL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for CHIQUITA BRANDS INTL INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 13.00%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.70% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $8.15 million or 92.06% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Chiquita Brands International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, markets and distributes bananas and fresh produce under the Chiquita and other brand names worldwide. It operates through three segments: Bananas, Salads and Healthy Snacks, and Other Produce. Chiquita Brands International has a market cap of $258.2 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are down 26.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff
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