Numerex Corp Stock Downgraded (NMRX)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Numerex (Nasdaq: NMRX) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 15.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.1%. 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.
  • NMRX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.03 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.04, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 43.30% is the gross profit margin for NUMEREX CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of NMRX's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NMRX's net profit margin of 0.06% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • In its most recent trading session, NMRX 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. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry, implying reduced upside potential.
  • 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 Communications Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 96.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.32 million to $0.01 million.

Numerex Corp. provides on-demand and interactive machine-to-machine (M2M) enterprise solutions for the enterprise and government markets worldwide. It operates in two segments, M2M and Other Services. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Numerex has a market cap of $195 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are down 23.9% 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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