Sapient Corporation Stock Downgraded (SAPE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Sapient Corporation (Nasdaq: SAPE) 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 13.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.6%. 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.
  • SAPE has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, SAPE has a quick ratio of 2.05, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 IT Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 26.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.89 million to $6.58 million.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the IT Services industry and the overall market, SAPIENT CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
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Sapient Corporation provides various services that enable clients to leverage marketing and technology to transform their businesses in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: SapientNitro, Sapient Global Markets, and Sapient Government Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Sapient has a market cap of $1.56 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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