Gold Resource Corp Stock Downgraded (GORO)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Gold Resource (AMEX: GORO) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GORO 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 3.47, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, GOLD RESOURCE CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GOLD RESOURCE CORP is rather high; currently it is at 66.70%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, GORO's net profit margin of 19.99% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 47.01%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 51.85% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.63 million or 83.15% 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.
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Gold Resource Corporation, an exploration stage company, engages in the exploration for and production of gold and silver in Mexico. It also explores copper, lead, and zinc ores. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Gold Resource has a market cap of $670.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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