Seneca Foods Corp. Stock Downgraded (SENEA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Seneca Foods (Nasdaq: SENEA) 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, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SENEA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.5%. 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 debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.63, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.34 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $34.53 million or 41.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • 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 Food Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 83.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.19 million to $1.35 million.

Seneca Foods Corporation produces and distributes processed fruits and vegetables. Seneca has a market cap of $276.4 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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