Jinpan International Ltd. Stock Upgraded (JST)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Jinpan International (Nasdaq: JST) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. 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, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • JST's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • JST's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.27 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, JST has a quick ratio of 1.85, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 82.60% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 50.17% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, JST should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Electrical Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 78.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $3.90 million to $6.98 million.

Jinpan International Limited, through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of equipment for the distribution of electricity in the People's Republic of China, the United States, and Europe. Jinpan International has a market cap of $126.6 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 33.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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