Callaway Golf Company Stock Upgraded (ELY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from sell to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • This stock has managed to rise its share value by 26.52% over the past twelve months. 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.
  • CALLAWAY GOLF CO has shown improvement in its earnings for its most recently reported quarter when compared with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, CALLAWAY GOLF CO continued to lose money by earning -$1.97 versus -$2.83 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.06 versus -$1.97).
  • 42.54% is the gross profit margin for CALLAWAY GOLF CO which we consider to be strong. Regardless of ELY's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.03% trails the industry average.
  • ELY, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Leisure Equipment & Products industry and the overall market, CALLAWAY GOLF CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Callaway Golf Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells golf clubs and golf balls. It operates in two segments, Golf Clubs and Golf Balls. The company's golf clubs include drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters. Callaway has a market cap of $515.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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