SMTC Corporation Stock Downgraded (SMTX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- SMTC Corporation (Nasdaq: SMTX) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SMTX's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 71.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • SMTC CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past two years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SMTC CORP reported lower earnings of $0.08 versus $0.78 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for SMTC CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 9.00%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.70% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.95 million or 405.19% 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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SMTC Corporation provides advanced electronics manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. SMTC has a market cap of $46 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 11.3% 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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