Park Electrochemical Corp. Stock Downgraded (PKE)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Park Electrochemical (NYSE: PKE) 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, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • PKE's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.17 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 20.14, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $9.71 million or 39.77% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PARK ELECTROCHEMICAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -13.98%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 0.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $4.71 million to $4.72 million.
  • In its most recent trading session, PKE 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 PARK ELECTROCHEMICAL CORP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.37%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 11.89% is above that of the industry average.

Park Electrochemical Corp., through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells high-technology digital and radio frequency/microwave printed circuit material products primarily for the telecommunications, and Internet infrastructure and high-end computing markets worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Park Electrochemical has a market cap of $573.8 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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