Attunity Ltd. Stock Upgraded (ATTU)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Attunity (Nasdaq: ATTU) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • ATTUNITY LTD reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ATTUNITY LTD turned its bottom line around by earning $0.13 versus -$0.08 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for ATTUNITY LTD is currently very high, coming in at 95.70%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, ATTU's net profit margin of 14.98% significantly trails the industry average.
  • ATTU 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. Despite the fact that ATTU's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.69, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 325.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 112.08% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
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Attunity Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides software solutions for real-time data integration, application release automation, and managed file transfer. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Attunity has a market cap of $82.3 million and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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