Allot Communications Ltd. Stock Downgraded (ALLT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Allot Communications (Nasdaq: ALLT) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 38.2%. 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.
  • ALLT 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.27, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • ALLOT COMMUNICATIONS LTD's earnings per share declined by 12.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, ALLOT COMMUNICATIONS LTD turned its bottom line around by earning $0.32 versus -$0.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.61 versus $0.32).
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, ALLOT COMMUNICATIONS LTD's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $0.15 million or 95.56% 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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Allot Communications Ltd. engages in developing, selling, and marketing Internet protocol service optimization and revenue generation solutions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania. The company has a P/E ratio of 62.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Allot has a market cap of $659.6 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 35.1% 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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