Bel Fuse Inc. Stock Downgraded (BELFB)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Bel Fuse (Nasdaq: BELFB) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 14.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.5%. 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.
  • BEL FUSE INC 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BEL FUSE INC reported lower earnings of $0.19 versus $0.33 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.95 versus $0.19).
  • 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 Communications Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 3193.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.08 million to -$2.54 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BEL FUSE INC is rather low; currently it is at 15.70%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -3.53% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of BEL FUSE INC has not done very well: it is down 5.84% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.
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Bel Fuse Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells electronic components and modules used in the networking, telecommunication, high-speed data transmission, commercial aerospace, military, transportation, and consumer electronic industries worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 81.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Bel Fuse has a market cap of $162.9 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 12.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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