PCTEL Inc. Stock Downgraded (PCTI)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- PCTEL (Nasdaq: PCTI) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Communications Equipment industry. The net income increased by 688.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.03 million to $0.20 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 8.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.6%. 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.
  • PCTEL INC's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PCTEL INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.01 versus -$0.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.33 versus $0.01).
  • This stock has managed to decline in share value by 0.63% over the past twelve months. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.58 million or 70.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
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PCTEL, Inc. provides propagation and optimization solutions for the wireless industry worldwide. PCTEL has a market cap of $117.5 million and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 7% 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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