Tetra Tech Inc. Stock Downgraded (TTEK)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Tetra Tech (Nasdaq: TTEK) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • TTEK's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, TTEK has a quick ratio of 1.74, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • TTEK, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 7.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • TETRA TECH 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TETRA TECH INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.63 versus $1.44 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 58.3% in earnings ($0.68 versus $1.63).
  • 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 Commercial Services & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 369.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $29.05 million to -$78.39 million.
  • The share price of TETRA TECH INC has not done very well: it is down 11.81% 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. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.

Tetra Tech Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services for water, environment, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources sectors. Tetra Tech has a market cap of $1.54 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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