Dolby Laboratories Inc. Stock Upgraded (DLB)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • DLB 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. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.60, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for DOLBY LABORATORIES INC is currently very high, coming in at 96.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 24.82% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • DLB, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, DOLBY LABORATORIES INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of DOLBY LABORATORIES INC has not done very well: it is down 19.02% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.
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Dolby Laboratories, Inc. provides products, services, and technologies for various stages in the content creation, distribution, and playback process in the entertainment industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Dolby has a market cap of $1.66 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 21.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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