Silicon Laboratories Inc. Stock Downgraded (SLAB)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Silicon Laboratories (Nasdaq: SLAB) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 15.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • SLAB's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.68, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for SILICON LABORATORIES INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.40%. Regardless of SLAB's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 13.78% trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, SILICON LABORATORIES INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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Silicon Laboratories Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, designs, develops, and markets analog-intensive and mixed-signal integrated circuits (ICs). The company has a P/E ratio of 24.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Silicon has a market cap of $1.67 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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