Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. Stock Downgraded (BIO)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Bio-Rad Laboratories (NYSE: BIO) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.35, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.85, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and the overall market, BIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $18.69 million or 74.62% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. manufactures and supplies products and systems used to separate complex chemical and biological materials, and to identify, analyze, and purify their components for life science research, healthcare, analytical chemistry, and other markets. Bio-Rad has a market cap of $2.75 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 9.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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