SeaChange International Inc. Stock Downgraded (SEAC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC) 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, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, SEAC's share price has jumped by 37.21%, 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.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income increased by 89.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$19.58 million to -$1.99 million.
  • SEACHANGE INTERNATIONAL INC has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SEACHANGE INTERNATIONAL INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.03 versus -$0.11 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.65 versus -$0.03).
  • The gross profit margin for SEACHANGE INTERNATIONAL INC is rather high; currently it is at 57.90%. Regardless of SEAC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SEAC's net profit margin of -5.58% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, SEACHANGE INTERNATIONAL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
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SeaChange International, Inc. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. SeaChange International has a market cap of $358.5 million and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 13.2% 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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