Monolithic Power Systems Inc. Stock Downgraded (MPWR)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Monolithic Power Systems (Nasdaq: MPWR) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.6%. 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.
  • MPWR 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 7.67, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, MPWR's share price has jumped by 25.18%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $11.46 million or 13.59% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow MONOLITHIC POWER SYSTEMS INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -37.80%.
  • 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 89.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.45 million to $0.25 million.
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Monolithic Power Systems, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and markets analog and mixed-signal semiconductors. The company has a P/E ratio of 56.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Monolithic Power Systems has a market cap of $888.4 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 6.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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