Neogen Corporation Stock Downgraded (NEOG)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Neogen Corporation (Nasdaq: NEOG) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, premium valuation and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.5%. 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.
  • NEOG has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.36, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, NEOG's share price has jumped by 44.32%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, NEOGEN CORP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

Neogen Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets various products for food and animal safety worldwide. It operates through two segments, Food Safety and Animal Safety. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Neogen has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are down 4.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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