Advanced Micro Devices Inc Stock Downgraded (AMD)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) 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, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 39.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $61.00 million to $37.00 million.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, AMD maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.99, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, ADVANCED MICRO DEVICES's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $81.00 million or 53.44% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 41.63%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 37.50% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. operates as a semiconductor company worldwide. The company designs, develops, and sells microprocessor products, such as central processing unit (CPU) and accelerated processing unit (APU) for servers, desktop personal computers (PCs), and mobile devices. Advanced Micro Devices has a market cap of $2.48 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 35% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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