QLogic Corporation Stock Downgraded (QLGC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- QLogic Corporation (Nasdaq: QLGC) 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and unimpressive growth in net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • QLGC 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 7.46, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for QLOGIC CORP is currently very high, coming in at 73.60%. Regardless of QLGC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, QLGC's net profit margin of 11.09% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • QLOGIC CORP's earnings per share declined by 48.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, QLOGIC CORP reported lower earnings of $1.16 versus $1.28 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 31.9% in earnings ($0.79 versus $1.16).
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 55.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $30.03 million to $13.24 million.
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QLogic Corporation designs and supplies network infrastructure products that provide, enhance, and manage computer data communication. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. QLogic has a market cap of $1.07 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 19.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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