Iridium Communications Inc. Stock Downgraded (IRDM)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.94, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.28, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC is currently very high, coming in at 71.38%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 16.27% is above that of the industry average.
  • IRDM, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $43.07 million or 18.74% 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's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry and the overall market, IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

Iridium Communications Inc. provides mobile voice and data communications services through satellites to businesses, the U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and consumers worldwide. Iridium has a market cap of $528.7 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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