Aircastle Ltd Stock Downgraded (AYR)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Aircastle (NYSE: AYR) 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • AYR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.9%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $113.85 million or 34.08% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AIRCASTLE LTD has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 34.07%.
  • The gross profit margin for AIRCASTLE LTD is currently very high, coming in at 90.30%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -28.00% is in-line with the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.29 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, AIRCASTLE LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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Aircastle Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the acquisition, lease, and sale of high-utility commercial jet aircraft to passenger and cargo airlines worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Aircastle has a market cap of $869.2 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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