Wipro Ltd. Stock Downgraded (WIT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Wipro (NYSE: WIT) 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, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • WIT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, WIT has a quick ratio of 1.70, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the IT Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, WIPRO LTD has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, WIT has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $339.19 million or 8.01% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, WIPRO LTD has marginally lower results.
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Wipro Limited provides information technology (IT) products and services, and consumer care and lighting products primarily in India, the United States, and Europe. The company operates in four segments: IT Services, IT Products, Consumer Care and Lighting, and Other. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Wipro has a market cap of $19.84 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are down 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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