HMS Holdings Corporation Stock Downgraded (HMSY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- HMS Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: HMSY) 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, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • HMSY's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • HMSY's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.67 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.07 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Health Care Technology industry and the overall market, HMS HOLDINGS CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and greatly underperformed compared to the Health Care Technology industry average. The net income has decreased by 0.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $7.04 million to $6.98 million.
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HMS Holdings Corp. provides cost containment services to government and private healthcare payers and sponsors. The company's services include co-ordination of benefits and program integrity services. The company has a P/E ratio of 43.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. HMS has a market cap of $2.15 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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