NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- United States Antimony Corporation (AMEX: UAMY) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.
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- U S ANTIMONY CORP's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, U S ANTIMONY CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.01 in the prior year.
- The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 252.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.12 million to -$0.41 million.
- Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, U S ANTIMONY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- The gross profit margin for U S ANTIMONY CORP is currently extremely low, coming in at 4.11%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -13.78% is significantly below that of the industry average.
- This stock's share value has moved by only 67.66% over the past year. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.