Micron Technology Inc. Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (MU)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C- . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.42, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that MU's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.59 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • MU, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.2%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • In its most recent trading session, MU has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 11.80%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -14.99% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $236.00 million or 41.58% 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.

Micron Technology, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and marketing of semiconductor devices worldwide. Micron Technology has a market cap of $7.04 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

You can view the full Micron Technology Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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