Thoratec Corporation Stock Downgraded (THOR)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Thoratec Corporation (Nasdaq: THOR) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • THOR 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 5.28, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for THORATEC CORP is currently very high, coming in at 74.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.43% trails the industry average.
  • THOR, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $13.50 million or 67.28% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, THORATEC 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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Thoratec Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, and marketing of proprietary medical devices used for circulatory support. The company has a P/E ratio of 38.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Thoratec has a market cap of $1.81 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. Shares are down 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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