Xyratex Ltd. Stock Downgraded (XRTX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Xyratex (Nasdaq: XRTX) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • XRTX 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. To add to this, XRTX has a quick ratio of 1.52, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 23.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 23.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, XYRATEX LTD's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has decreased by 19.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $9.66 million to $7.75 million.
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Xyratex Ltd provides modular solutions for the enterprise data storage industry and hard disk drive (HDD) capital equipment for the HDD industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.1, above the average computer hardware industry P/E ratio of 4.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Xyratex has a market cap of $195.9 million and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 45.6% 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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