Supreme Industries Inc. Stock Downgraded (STS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Supreme Industries (AMEX: STS) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, STS's share price has jumped by 37.03%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 89.06% to -$0.28 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 89.06%, SUPREME INDUSTRIES INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 260.54%.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Machinery industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 7.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $2.48 million to $2.30 million.
  • The gross profit margin for SUPREME INDUSTRIES INC is rather low; currently it is at 18.60%. Regardless of STS's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 3.49% trails the industry average.
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Supreme Industries, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of truck bodies, buses, and armored and specialty vehicles in the Unites States. The company operates in two segments, Specialized Vehicles and Fiberglass Products. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Supreme has a market cap of $69.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. Shares are up 48.8% 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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