Mercury Systems Inc Stock Downgraded (MRCY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Mercury Systems (Nasdaq: MRCY) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 135.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $5.68 million to -$2.01 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 Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry and the overall market, MERCURY SYSTEMS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of MERCURY SYSTEMS INC has not done very well: it is down 10.04% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • MERCURY SYSTEMS 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MERCURY SYSTEMS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.44 versus $0.75 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.26 versus -$0.44).
  • MRCY, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

Mercury Systems, Inc. provides open sensor and big data processing systems, software, and services for critical commercial, defense, and intelligence applications. The company operates in two segments, Advanced Computing Solutions (ACS) and Mercury Federal Systems (MFS). Mercury Systems has a market cap of $287.6 million and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are down 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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