Geospace Technologies Corp Stock Downgraded (GEOS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Geospace Technologies (Nasdaq: GEOS) 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 35.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • GEOS 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. To add to this, GEOS has a quick ratio of 2.41, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 46.06% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 57.70% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$40.44 million or 1387.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
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Geospace Technologies Corporation designs and manufactures instruments and equipment used in the acquisition and processing of seismic data; and characterization and monitoring of producing oil and gas reservoirs. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Geospace has a market cap of $852.1 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 25.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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