Adecoagro SA Stock Downgraded (AGRO)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Adecoagro (NYSE: AGRO) 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, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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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 Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 109.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $29.58 million to -$2.77 million.
  • 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 Food Products industry and the overall market, ADECOAGRO SA'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 $14.17 million or 52.83% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • ADECOAGRO SA has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ADECOAGRO SA increased its bottom line by earning $0.49 versus $0.39 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 12.2% in earnings ($0.43 versus $0.49).
  • 36.00% is the gross profit margin for ADECOAGRO SA which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AGRO's net profit margin of -1.70% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
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Adecoagro S.A. operates as an agricultural company in South America. The company has a P/E ratio of -18.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Adecoagro has a market cap of $1.09 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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