Aware Inc. Stock Downgraded (AWRE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Aware (Nasdaq: AWRE) 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 revenue growth has not been good.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 60.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 29.94% 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.
  • AWARE INC 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, AWARE INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.24 versus $0.17 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for AWARE INC is currently very high, coming in at 96.10%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 33.06% is above that of the industry average.
  • AWRE, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 14.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
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Aware, Inc. supplies various products for the biometrics and imaging, and digital subscriber line (DSL) service assurance industries primarily in the United States and Germany. The company has a P/E ratio of 1.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Aware has a market cap of $111 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 10% 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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