Brink's Company Stock Downgraded (BCO)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Brink's Company (NYSE: BCO) 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, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.9%. 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.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Commercial Services & Supplies industry and the overall market, BRINKS CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 197.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $17.00 million to -$16.60 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BRINKS CO is rather low; currently it is at 21.10%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -1.69% trails that of the industry average.
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The Brink's Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides secure transportation, cash management services, and other security-related services to banks and financial institutions, retailers, government agencies, mints, jewelers, and other commercial operations worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Brink's has a market cap of $1.24 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 7.3% 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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