MER Telemanagement Solutions Ltd Stock Downgraded (MTSL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- MER Telemanagement Solutions (Nasdaq: MTSL) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, 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's profit margins have been poor overall.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 500.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 41.53% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • MER TELEMGMT SOLUTIONS 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, MER TELEMGMT SOLUTIONS LTD increased its bottom line by earning $0.30 versus $0.11 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for MER TELEMGMT SOLUTIONS LTD is rather high; currently it is at 67.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, MTSL's net profit margin of 10.09% significantly trails the industry average.
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Mer Telemanagement Solutions Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides telecommunication expense management (TEM), call accounting, and billing solutions. MER Telemanagement has a market cap of $12.9 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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