GSI Group Inc. Stock Downgraded (GSIG)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- GSI Group (Nasdaq: GSIG) 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, increase in net income and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 27.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that GSIG's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.69 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • GSIG's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 33.99%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. 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 decreased to $4.61 million or 49.29% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, GSI GROUP INC has marginally lower results.
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GSI Group Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and sells laser-based solutions, optical control devices, and associated precision technologies worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Laser Products, and Precision Motion and Technologies. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. GSI Group has a market cap of $277.3 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 5.7% 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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