TMS International Corp Stock Downgraded (TMS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- TMS International (NYSE: TMS) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, TMS INTERNATIONAL CORP'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 $20.41 million or 54.51% 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.
  • The gross profit margin for TMS INTERNATIONAL CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 9.40%. Regardless of TMS's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.12% trails the industry average.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average. The net income has decreased by 1.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $6.15 million to $6.06 million.
  • TMS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 11.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
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TMS International Corp., through its subsidiaries, provides outsourced industrial services to steel mills in North America and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TMS International has a market cap of $196 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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