Granite Construction Inc. Stock Downgraded (GVA)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Granite Construction (NYSE: GVA) 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 and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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:
  • GVA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. 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.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.16 is sturdy.
  • In its most recent trading session, GVA has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry, implying reduced upside potential.
  • The gross profit margin for GRANITE CONSTRUCTION INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 10.14%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.48% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$12.87 million or 123.48% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

Granite Construction Incorporated operates as a heavy civil contractor and a construction materials producer for public and private sector clients in the United States. The company operates in four segments: Construction, Large Project Construction, Construction Materials, and Real Estate. The company has a P/E ratio of 133.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Granite Construction has a market cap of $1.24 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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